Jose Mourinho's men continue the defense of their crown as they welcome their Primera Division rivals to the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of this mouth-watering last-16 tie
Arbeloa, Pepe, Albiol, Marcelo
Xabi Alonso, Diarra
Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo
Sanchez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu
Duda, Fernandez, Isco
Jose Mourinho, now in his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu, is set to name a strong side for this first-leg match in the capital. Jose Callejon and Mesut Ozil are likely to start as Angel Di Maria misses out through injury, while Raul Albiol will come in at the back for Sergio Ramos, who is also sidelined.
Malaga, meanwhile, will be without winger Joaquin, who is ruled out for around a month after picking up a muscle strain in a benefit match on Thursday. Brazilian forward Julio Baptista also misses out through injury.
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- Real Madrid defeated Malaga 7-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu last season and also thrashed the Andalusians 4-0 at La Romareda in La Liga this term.
- Real Madrid's 5-1 second leg win over Ponferradina with a team made up largely of reserve players was the side's seventh straight victory in the Copa del Rey.
- The last time that Madrid lost a Copa del Rey match was last season when it was defeated 2-0 in a second leg against Levante. Lucky for Jose Mourinho's side, they had already won the first match 8-0.
- Malaga is currently seventh in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders Madrid.
- Malaga striker Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 64 goals in 96 appearances for Real Madrid and was close to joining the capital club again from Hamburg last season.
- Malaga has never won the Copa del Rey. The Andalusians' best run saw them reach the semifinals of the competition in 1972-73.