Copa del Rey Preview: Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid
Los Merengues will look to end a disappointing season on a high by clinching the cup against their crosstown neighbors, 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 criticizing boss Jose Mourinho.
Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez has recovered from a back problem and is set to return to the starting lineup 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 is 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 has 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.
Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 3-1 Atletico Madrid
- 21.16 %
Real Madrid 2-1 Atletico Madrid
- 12.02 %
Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid
- 10.3 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||Sep 28, 2013||Real Madrid 0 - Atletico Madrid 1|
|Copa del Rey (ESPC)||May 17, 2013||Real Madrid 1 - Atletico Madrid 2|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Apr 27, 2013||Atletico Madrid 1 - Real Madrid 2|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Dec 1, 2012||Real Madrid 2 - Atletico Madrid 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Apr 11, 2012||Atletico Madrid 1 - Real Madrid 4|
|Nov 30, 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|Nov 27, 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Galatasaray 1||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Almeria 0 - Real Madrid 5||LIGA|
|Nov 9, 2013||Real Madrid 5 - Real Sociedad 1||LIGA|
|Nov 5, 2013||Juventus 2 - Real Madrid 2||UCL|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
Times In EDT
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed