Alcoyano - Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos aim to avoid Copa del Rey upset
The reigning Liga champions will be hoping to avert any embarrassment at the hands of the Segunda B outfit in their fourth round, first-leg clash at El Collao Stadium
By Karthick Arvinth
Arkaitz, Selvas, Raul, Alcantara
De Dios, Remon
Devesa, Lara, John
Ramos, Varane, Albiol, Nacho
Callejon, Modric, Kaka
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has no new injury concerns ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey tie against Alcoyano.
The Portuguese coach is likely to rest several of his first-team players for the match, meaning there could be starting berths for Alvaro Morata, Jose Callejon, Kaka, Nacho, Raul Albiol and Antonio Adan.
Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa, Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao all remain sidelined through injury.
Alcoyano, who are 41 league places below their opponents in the Segunda B, will name their strongest line-up for what is arguably the biggest match in the club's recent history.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Alcoyano are on a six-match winning run in the Segunda B division.
- The Valencian club's last defeat came just over a month ago against Levante's reserve team.
- Alcoyano last featured in Spanish football's top tier in the 1950-51 season.
- Real Madrid have won just three of their eight competitive away fixtures to date this season (W3, D1, L4).
- Los Blancos last exited the Copa del Rey at this stage in the 2009-10 season, when they were beaten 4-1 over two legs by third-tier outfit Alcorcon.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored 12 goals in his last six matches for Real across all competitions.
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Top 3 Predictions
CD Alcoyano 0-8 Real Madrid CF
- 21.75 %
CD Alcoyano 0-5 Real Madrid CF
- 13.25 %
CD Alcoyano 0-4 Real Madrid CF
- 8.73 %
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Nov 27, 2012||Real Madrid CF 3 - CD Alcoyano 0|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Oct 31, 2012||CD Alcoyano 1 - Real Madrid CF 4|
|Sep 4, 2013||Gimnastic 1 - CD Alcoyano 1||ESPC|
|Nov 27, 2012||Real Madrid CF 3 - CD Alcoyano 0||ESPC|
|Oct 31, 2012||CD Alcoyano 1 - Real Madrid CF 4||ESPC|
|Nov 10, 2009||Valencia CF 2 - CD Alcoyano 2||ESPC|
|Oct 28, 2009||CD Alcoyano 0 - Valencia CF 1||ESPC|
|8||Julio de Dios||Midfielder|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
Torres is Alcoyano's top scorer this season with four goals and he bagged the winner in his side's 2-1 victory over Constancia on Saturday. Another goal on Wednesday against the mighty Real Madrid would be sure to enter the 26-year-old's name into club folklore.
The mercurial Brazilian has found playing opportunities hard to come by at the Santiago Bernabeu. But, having been recalled by the national side in September and receiving the backing of Jose Mourinho, he will be desperate to make the most of a rare start.
While Real Madrid are no strangers to suffering upsets against lower division opposition, they should have a strong enough line-up to make short work of their hosts.
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