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Copa del Rey

  • January 23, 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
  • • Attendance: 40000
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Real Madrid win Aggregate 3 - 1

Valencia-Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos look to seal semi-final berth

Valencia-Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos look to seal semi-final berth

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Jose Mourinho's side dished out a five-goal Liga hammering to the hosts on Sunday and head into the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg boasting a commanding 2-0 lead

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Guaita
Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Guardado
Banega, T Costa
Piatti, Canales, Jonas
Valdez
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Albiol, Carvalho, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Callejon, Modric, Ronaldo
Benzema

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado will miss Wednesday's clash against Real Madrid with a thigh injury.

David Albelda (calf) and Dani Parejo (fractured thumb) are still sidelined, but right-back Joao Pereira is available after serving a one-match ban.

Midfielder Sergio Canales could make his first start for the club since April last year after returning from a long injury lay-off.

Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is set to rotate his squad for the Mestalla clash, with Ricardo Carvalho, Jose Callejon and Karim Benzema all vying for starts.

Brazilian playmaker Kaka returns from suspension but is unlikely to be handed a starting role.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia have won seven of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
  • The Mestalla club's 5-0 loss to Real Madrid on Sunday was their biggest-ever home defeat in La Liga.
  • Should Valencia overturn their first-leg deficit, they will face the winner of the Barcelona-Malaga tie in the semi-final.
  • Real Madrid have won four of their last five matches in all competitions.
  • Los Merengues have won their last four matches at the Mestalla with an aggregate score of 17-7.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored seven goals in his last four matches for Real.

Players to watch

Canales

Position: Attacker

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The ex-Real Madrid playmaker may be given the nod in the starting XI as Los Che boss Ernesto Valverde looks to rejuvenate his injury-hit midfield. The highly-regarded 21-year-old will hope to provide some thrust to Valencia's attacking play, but his fitness will be of concern to the coaching staff.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Position: Attacker

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The Portuguese star was in punishing mood as he scored two and set up another to help his team swat aside Valencia on Sunday. Ronaldo will be keen to extend his prolific start to the year and extinguish any hopes of a comeback by the home side.

Editor's Prediction

Valencia's revival under Valverde appears to have lost momentum as injuries have taken their toll over the busy post-winter break period. Real arguably played their best football of the season on Sunday and will be confident of consolidating their first-leg advantage.

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