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Copa del Rey

  • January 15, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 65000
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Real Madrid - Valencia Preview: Blancos look to bounce back in cup clash

Real Madrid - Valencia Preview: Blancos look to bounce back in cup clash

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The defending Liga champions go into the first of three back-to-back encounters against los Che bereft of confidence following an insipid goalless draw against Osasuna

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Adan
Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema
VALENCIA

Alves
Pereira, Rami, R Costa, Guardado
Banega, T Costa
Piatti, Parejo, Jonas
Soldado

Real Madrid welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo and Antonio Adan from suspension for Tuesday's Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Defender Sergio Ramos remains sidelined, however, as he serves the second of his five-match ban, while Pepe is injured.

Left-back Marcelo could make his first appearance for the club since suffering a broken foot in October but Fabio Coentrao is the more likely starter.

Valencia are set to be without captain David Albelda, who picked up a calf problem in Saturday's 2-0 win over Sevilla.

Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (Achilles) remain out, while Sofiane Feghouli has joined up with Algeria for the African Cup of Nations.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won just two of their last six matches in all competitions (W2, D2, L2).
  • The Castilian giants are on a 32-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions.
  • Should Madrid overcome Valencia, they will face the winner of the Barcelona-Malaga tie in the semi-final.
  • Valencia have won seven of their last eight matches across all competitions.
  • Los Che have lost five of their last seven meetings with Madrid.
  • Roberto Soldado (pictured, right) has scored eight goals in his last eight appearances for Valencia.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
12MarceloDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
1AdànGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
13GuaitaGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
12João PereiraDefender
5Víctor RuizDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
10Ever BanegaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
21ParejoMidfielder
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
7JonasStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
20Aly CissokhoDefender
19BarragánDefender
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
-Jonathan VieraStriker
18Haedo ValdézStriker
20Ricardo CostaDefender
Players to Watch
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
6 3 2 0
The Portuguese's absence during the weekend was sorely felt as Madrid laboured to a goalless draw at Osasuna to virtually extinguish any faint hopes they might have had of retaining the Liga title. Ronaldo will need to lead from the front and produce a couple of matchwinning performances if they are to see off an in-form Valencia side.
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spain international will hope to continue his hot goalscoring form after netting three times in his last two matches. Soldado has the quality to capitalise on any lapses from Madrid's unfamiliar-looking central defensive pairing of Raphael Varane and Raul Albiol.
Prediction
Ronaldo's return will invigorate Madrid, who simply cannot afford to lose the first leg at home given their woeful away form of late. Valencia will look to punish the hosts on the counterattack but may just fall short here.
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