Real Madrid will be seeking a return to successful ways in their Copa del Rey showdown against Alcoyano at Campo Municipal El Collao on Wednesday evening (20:30 UK time).
This will be the 12th meeting between the sides and third in Spain’s major cup tournament. In their last Copa encounter on January 20, 2021 Alcoyano ran out 2-1 winners after extra time. They’ll be looking to cause another upset days after Real suffered a first league defeat since October.
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Alcoyano team news
Two seasons ago Alcoyano, who currently play their football in Spain’s third division, reached the Copa del Rey round of 16 before Athletic Bilbao eliminated them. Vicente Parras’ will be seeking to go on another such run — after getting past Badajoz and then La Liga side Levante on penalties — but face an uphill task. But then again a year ago they dumped out Real at this very stage of the competition. Bringing things up to date, home this season hasn’t been where the heart is for Deportivo. To date they’ve played nine games there in all competitions winning four times including that aforementioned success over Levante which ended 3-3 after 90 minutes were up.
Alcoyano predicted XI: Figueras; Castellano, González, Férriz, López; I. García, Miranda; J. García, Casanova, Vega; El Ghezouani.
Real Madrid team news
A 15-game unbeaten streak came to an end over the weekend following Real Madrid’s upset loss at Getafe (1-0), it was also the second time in three outings Carlo Ancelotti’s men failed to score. Los Blancos focus is now on winning a 20th Copa del Rey crown, their most recent triumph came in 2014 which just so happened to be under the much-travelled Italian coach. Back then Real defeated eternal rivals Barcelona with goals from Ángel Di María and Gareth Bale; the latter remains at the club but will not be available, the same applies for Vinicius Junior and Luka Jovic. Ancelotti who is expected to rotate his starting lineup could hand starts to Eden Hazard and Mariano Díaz.
Real Madrid predicted XI: Lunin; Vázquez, Fernández, Vallejo, Marcelo; Casemiro, Valverde, Isco; Rodrygo, Díaz, Hazard.
Scoreline prediction: Alcoyano 0-4 Real Madrid
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