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January 27, 2012 By Angela Asante
Can we bet on a total demolition of Real Zaragoza by Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, January 28?
Real Madrid usually put on a great attacking show when they come up against Real Zaragoza. In addition, they are unbeatable at the Santiago Bernabeu. Well, almost unbeatable; Barcelona forced them to a defeat on home soil back in December.

The Spanish giants are poised to destroy Zaragoza on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo will be fired up to continue his proof case against his critics. With his goals against Athletic Bilbao last weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo matched his personal best and the record set by Barcelona’s Cesar (22 goals in 19 games).

Current top scorer Ronaldo (with 23 goals) will feature against Zaragoza as La Liga’s all-time top scorer in the first phase of the championship. The Portuguese superstar scored in both legs of El Clasico in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Unfortunately for him and for his team mates, these two goals weren’t enough to push Spanish cup titleholders Real Madrid into the semifinals.

Los Blancos are looking to put this fiasco behind them. To assume that, they need to bounce back in the league as their hunt for the trophy continues. There will be no room for an upset this weekend. The homework is about creating an 8-point gap before Barcelona and Villarreal kick a ball at El Madrigal.

Real Zaragoza are in a terrible situation. Their fight for survival keeps suffering setbacks. They are going into the second phase of La Liga’s campaign with only 12 points from a possible 57. With 14 defeats in 19 matches – a record that includes their heavy 6-0 loss at home to Real Madrid – Real Zaragoza occupy the 20th position in the table.

Sadly, they are 7 points behind the safe zone. They have conceded only twice in their last three matches and they are unbeaten in the last 180 minutes in La Liga. But here’s a fact: Real Zaragoza have not won a single game away from home in the Spanish Primera Division. Call it a total giant killing if they manage to avoid defeat at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

For the first time since the 2007/08 La Liga season, Real Madrid will enter Matchday 20 as league leaders. This achievement has been made possible thanks to 16 victories in the first half of the campaign.

Real Madrid’s players surprised 49-year-old manager Jose Mourinho with a birthday cake on Thursday. The Special One would be happier to be offered a top performance and a win against Zaragoza this weekend.

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