Celta Vigo - Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos look to continue impressive record at Balaidos
The club from the capital have not lost against the Galician side for over 10 years and they will be eager to continue that streak in the first leg of their Copa del Rey meeting
By Tom Webber
Mallo, Cabral, Tunez, Lago
De Lucas, Park, Krohn-Dehli
Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao
Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo
Real Madrid continue their quest to regain the Copa del Rey trophy as they face Celta Vigo in the last 16 at Balaidos.
Fabio Coentrao could return to the starting line-up for Jose Mourinho's side having missed out on the 3-2 win over Valladolid with a pulled hamstring. However, should the coach wish to give the left-back more time to recover, Nacho could fill in at defence. Raphael Varane may be rewarded with a starting spot though Sergio Ramos could still feature in front of Iker Casillas.
Having all trained together earlier in the week, there are unlikely to be many changes further up the field with Karim Benzema spearheading the attack while Jose Callejon starts from the right.
Having missed out on a starting spot in the weekend defeat by Athletic Bilbao, Enrique de Lucas and Park Chu-Young are in contention to begin against Los Blancos. Paco Herrera may also opt for a South American defensive pairing of Gustavo Cabral and Andres Tunez.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Celta Vigo have not managed to defeat Wednesday's opponents in front of their own fans in over 10 years.
- The highest transfer fee that the Celestes have ever received saw Claude Makelele (pictured right) move to the Santiago Bernabeu for €14m.
- The Galician side were taken all the way to extra time to progress past second-tier outfit Almeria in the previous round.
- Iker Casillas was involved the last time Real Madrid were beaten in Vigo. A Blancos side also including Raul, Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos were defeated 3-0 in the 2000-01 La Liga season.
- Los Merengues faced little resistance as they cruised into the last 16 with a comfortable 7-1 aggregate win over Alcoyano.
- Madrid's youngest ever goalscorer, Alberto Rivera, netted his first goal at 17 years and 144 days old on his debut against Celta Vigo in 1995. Now 34-years-old, Rivera plys his trade for Elche in the second division.
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Top 3 Predictions
Celta 0-3 Real Madrid CF
- 13.5 %
Celta 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 11.01 %
Celta 1-4 Real Madrid CF
- 10.03 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 10, 2013||Celta 1 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 9, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Celta 0|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Dec 12, 2012||Celta 2 - Real Madrid CF 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 20, 2012||Real Madrid CF 2 - Celta 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 1, 2007||Celta 1 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|Dec 7, 2013||Celta 1 - Athletic Bilbao 0||ESPC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Celta 3 - Almeria 1||LIGA|
|Nov 23, 2013||Real Sociedad 4 - Celta 3||LIGA|
|Nov 9, 2013||Celta 0 - Rayo Vallecano 2||LIGA|
|Nov 2, 2013||Sevilla 0 - Celta 1||LIGA|
|3||Andres Tuñez Arceo||Defender|
|12||Gustavo Daniel Cabral||Defender|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
The Danish winger impressed during Euro 2012 but he is yet to net his first goal for his new club. He has the pace to worry any full-back and will be keen to use it to exploit any forward ventures from Arbeloa. His creativity and delivery from the wide areas could play an integral role against a Madrid side who have struggled to defend from set plays and balls into the area. If Krohn-Dehli can ensure a consistent supply of crosses into the area then there is every chance his side could nick a goal.
A sublime performance from the Germany international brought los Blancos from behind to victory over Valladolid at the weekend. His two strikes were of the utmost technical quality and the confidence that will provide him should only serve to move him onto the next level. He will no doubt be watched closely, but if there is a chance to make some space he will find it. Ozil has shown he has the quality to turn a game on its head in the blink of an eye and he could once again have a vital role to play on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho may choose to rest a few players for the visit to Balaidos, but against a side who have won just twice in their previous 10 games they will fancy their chances. There should still be plenty of quality on show to see of the side currently occupying 15th place in La Liga. Yet Madrid's away record has hardly been exemplary so far this season, and after being pushed all the way by Valladolid at the weekend there is still potential for the first leg to fo wrong.
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