Real Madrid vs Leganes – Copa Del Rey
10th January, 02:00 IST
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid
European champions Real Madrid will take on a resurgent Leganes in the Round of 16 1st leg of the Copa Del Rey tonight.
It has been a dreadful season for Real Madrid so far. Los Blancos are currently 10 points behind La Liga leaders FC Barcelona in the league table and have picked up just one point from their previous 2 league encounters. Last time out, they lost 2-1 to a struggling Real Sociedad side at the Bernabeu.
Leganes, on the other hand, are currently 16th in the La Liga table and are struggling for form and fitness. Injuries to several key players have severely hampered their league campaign so far. However, Leganes were the side who knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa Del Rey last season. They will be hoping to achieve something similar this time around as well.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Odriozola, Nacho, Vallejo, Reguilón; Casemiro, Ceballos, Isco; Lucas Vázquez, Vinicius, Benzema.
Leganés: Cuéllar; Nyom, Tarín, Bustinza, Siovas, Juanfran; Recio, Rubén Pérez, Gumbau; Braithwaite, El Zhar.
Combined XI for the game:
With very heavy investment made in the Real Madrid attack, we are picking Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar as our goalkeeper for this contest.
Real Madrid are expected to rest several players for this match and give a chance to some of their fringe players for this contest. Hence, Real Madrid right-back Odriozola, left-back Reguilon and centre-back Nacho are expected to start tonight and find a place in our team.
Lucas Vazquez got sent off against Real Sociedad last weekend but is eligible to play in the Copa Del Rey. Spanish midfielder Isco has been rumoured to be on his way out of the club in the summer but is expected to feature against Leganes tonight.
Ruben Perez and Recio are cheap routes into the Leganes central midfield. They can occasionally chip in with an assist or even a goal.
Leganes winger Nabil El Zhar will one of the main danger men for Real Madrid tonight and hence finds a place in our team.
Real Madrid strikers Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are the best two attacking options for this contest and are a great source of goals for your side.
Captain Pick: Benzema
Vice-Captain Pick: Isco (Alternate: Vinicius Jr)
Value Pick: Odriozola
Must Avoid: Kroos, Oscar, Courtois, Bale