Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid Preview: City rivals set for Copa final showdown
Los Merengues will look to end a disappointing season on a high by clinching the cup against their cross-town neighbours, who last won in this derby in 1999
By Karthick Arvinth
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss the Copa del Rey final against Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu after suffering a knee injury in the 1-1 draw at Espanyol last weekend.
However, Alvaro Arbeloa (back), Sergio Ramos (hamstring), Marcelo (muscle tear) and Mesut Ozil (ankle) are all expected to be available after overcoming injuries, while Pepe could be recalled after being ostracised from the squad for publicly criticising boss Jose Mourinho.
Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez has recovered from a back problem and is set to return to the starting line-up in place of Tiago.
Coach Diego Simeone has no other injury concerns and could name a similar side to the one that lost 2-1 at home to Real in La Liga in April.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid are on a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions, winning four.
- Los Blancos are the only side to remain unbeaten at home across all competitions in Europe's top five leagues this season (W23, D5).
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored eight goals in as many appearances for Real against Atletico Madrid.
- Real have scored in 19 consecutive Copa del Rey games stretching back to January 2011.
- The nine-time Copa del Rey winners are on a 25-match winless run against Real in all competitions stretching back to October 1999.
- Eight of Atletico's nine cup triumphs were secured at the Santiago Bernabeu.
- Diego Costa is the Copa del Rey's top scorer this season with seven goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 3-1 Atlético de Madrid
- 21.16 %
Real Madrid 2-1 Atlético de Madrid
- 12.02 %
Real Madrid 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
- 10.3 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||2 Mar 2014||Atlético de Madrid 2 - Real Madrid 2|
|Copa del Rey (ESPC)||11 Feb 2014||Atlético de Madrid 0 - Real Madrid 2|
|Copa del Rey (ESPC)||5 Feb 2014||Real Madrid 3 - Atlético de Madrid 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||28 Sep 2013||Real Madrid 0 - Atlético de Madrid 1|
|Copa del Rey (ESPC)||17 May 2013||Real Madrid 1 - Atlético de Madrid 2|
|9 Mar 2014||Real Madrid 3 - Levante UD 0||LIGA|
|2 Mar 2014||Atlético de Madrid 2 - Real Madrid 2||LIGA|
|26 Feb 2014||FC Schalke 04 1 - Real Madrid 6||UCL|
|22 Feb 2014||Real Madrid 3 - Elche 0||LIGA|
|16 Feb 2014||Getafe 0 - Real Madrid 3||LIGA|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
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