Copa Del Rey Round Of 16 : Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza Match Preview, Line Up, Live Info

Real Madrid Vs Real Zaragoza
Real Madrid 
Real Zaragoza
1.30 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
La Romereda

Full Time
Man Of The Match - Toni Kroos
Real Madrid
Real Madrid XI:
Areola, Carvajal, Ramos (C), Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Valverde, Rodríguez, Vázquez, Vinícius Júnior, Jović.
Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza XI:
Ratón; Linares, Pereira, Soro, James; Eguaras, Atienza, Grippo, Delmas; Kagawa; Clemente.

Match Preview

After a stuttering beginning to the season, Real Madrid have enjoyed quite an astonishing start to the new year, winning all of their matches across all competitions. They are leading arch-rivals Barcelona by three points at the top of La Liga table.

On Wednesday, they will be looking to extend their excellent run of form in domestic competitions, when they take on Real Zaragoza, in the Round of 16 of Copa Del Rey at La Romareda. Zinedine Zidane’s side are coming on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Real Valladolid while they also won 3-1 in the last round of Copa Del Rey, against Unionistas.

Zaragoza, meanwhile, have fared well in La Liga 2 this season. They are flying high in fourth place, trailing league leaders Cadiz by just six points. In the earlier round, they had defeated RCD Mallorca 3-1. It was followed by a 1-0 win over CD Numancia on Saturday.

But, this time, it could be a very different ball game, against a Real Madrid side, who will be keen on returning to the top of Spanish football this season. And here, at the Hard Tackle, we will take a look at the two sides ahead of this Copa Del Rey matchup this week.

Team News And Statistics

     With an opponent of this stature, Zaragoza are more than expected to drop back and defend deep, in an attempt to wear Real Madrid out whilst playing on the counter. That means coach Victor Fernandez will surely shore up his side’s defence this week.

Fortunately for the 59-year-old, he will be having no fresh injury concerns ahead of this fixture. Star player Shinji Kagawa is a doubt, having been left out on the bench in the recent win over Numancia. We do, however, expect the Japanse to feature against Real Madrid.

That means Javi Puado could make way, in the number ten slot. There, Kagawa and top scorer Luis Suarez could form the Zaragoza attack, although the former is expected to operate in a slightly deeper role.

Things could remain unchanged in defence, though the absence of club captain Alberto Zapater in midfield could once again serve as a massive blow for the home side. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see whether or not they manage to hold out Real Madrid in the second line of press, which will be led by Raul Guti and Inigo Eguaras.

Predicted XI : Alvarez; Vigaray, Atienza, Guitian, Nieto; Soro, Guti, Eguaras, Blanco; Kagawa; Suarez.

           Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is expected to ring in the changes following their 1-0 win against Real Valladolid last time out. Not to mention, the Frenchman will have one eye on the all-important Madrid derby that will be played out on Saturday.

Hence, we expect him to provide youngsters with the opportunity to impress in this fixture while resting some of the more important individuals. Casemiro, in particular, is set to receive a breather, having remained an ever-present figure in the Real Madrid midfield for the most part of the campaign.

The Brazilian wasn’t included in the 19 man squad for the trip to Zaragoza. Federico Valverde is likely to deputise for him in the holding midfield role. The Uruguayan could be partnered by Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, even though both of them started in the last game.

In defence, Dani Carvajal could return to the side, allowing Nacho Fernandez to shift into a central role, at the expense of Sergio Ramos.

Eder Militao is not included in the squad, meaning Raphael Varane will likely continue at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline while Marcelo could replace Ferland Mendy at left-back. Alphonso Areola is a guaranteed starter in goal, at the expense of Thibaut Courtois.

And finally, in the attack, Eden Hazard is still not ready to get back in action. However, Vinicius Junior is likely to get the nod ahead of Isco at left-wing while Rodrygo is set to retain his place on the opposite flank. The attack will be led by Luka Jovic, starting ahead of Karim Benzema.

Predicted XI : Areola; Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Jovic, Vinicius.

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