Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-3-3

Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(18) 15 Goals 7 (10)
27.6 Average Age 28.1
185.1 Average Height (cm) 177.9
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Copa del Rey.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status
Pepe Out
Sergio Ramos Out
Player Reason Status
Jeremy Mathieu Out
David Albelda Out
Sergio Canales Out
Sofiane Feghouli Out

Team News

  • Real Madrid's miserable league form continued with a 0-0 draw at bottom club Osasuna on Saturday but Los Blancos will be hugely boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo from suspension for the visit of Valencia.
  • The first-choice centre-back pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos are still missing though through injury and suspension respectively so Raul Albiol and Raphael Varane are likely to be paired again in central defence.
  • Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil should also return after being benched in Pamplona with Luka Modric and Gonzalo Higuain expected to drop to the bench.
  • Valencia meanwhile got their seventh victory in eight games since Ernesto Valverde took charge as they defeated Sevilla thanks to two Roberto Soldado goals at the weekend and won't go to the Bernabeu with any fear having drawn there on the opening day of the season.
  • Los Che will be without David Albelda however due to a calf injury and Soldado is also a doubt having not taken part in training on Monday evening.
  • Should their top-scorer be fit though Jonas will continue from a wider position in the absence of Sofiane Feghouli who is away at the African Nations

Prediction

  • With their away form of late being so poor Madrid will want to build up as commanding a lead as they can this evening, but it will be difficult against a Valencia side that have been much harder to break down since Valverde took charge.
  • Ronaldo though proved the difference in Real's opening two fixtures of the year at home against Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo and his return should provide the hosts with enough firepower to take a first-leg lead.
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Comments (5)

 
  • This Game, refrees who makes madrid win !!

  • Some amazing saves today by Guaita! Kept Ronaldo from scoring twice.

  • Soldado too ;)

  • This is not lucky day for Cristiano ;)

  • Sami Khedira is in magnificent shape now !

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