Numancia v Real Madrid Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

Denis Doyle
Zinedine Zidane's men may be facing lower league opposition, but there is plenty of value in backing goals at both ends on Thursday evening

Real Madrid begin the year with a Copa Del Rey game in a stadium which is known for being the coldest in Spain.

Numancia's Estadio Los Pajaritos will be full to its 9,000 capacity, and temperatures will be barely above freezing as Zindine Zidane aims to take another step towards winning the only trophy that has so far eluded him as manager of Los Blancos. 

Match odds

Numancia are one of two second division sides left in the tournament and in Spain's second tier, the side from the city of Soria have been impressive this term; indeed, Los Rojillos are fifth in the table, four points off top spot and no side in the division has won more home games as they have triumphed eight times in front of their own fans.

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They also beat La Liga opposition in the form of Malaga in the previous round and Paddy Power price them at 12/1 (13.00) to record a famous victory against Madrid. The visitors can be backed at 1/5 (1.20) with the draw offered at 11/2 (6.50).

Hosts to get on the scoresheet

Numancia's impressive home record means they will be hoping to make things difficult for Real Madrid and a freezing night in a compact, sold out ground is the perfect setting for an upset.

Of course, the European champions should be able to overcome lower level opposition despite the challenging conditions, yet there could be value in opposing them to keep a clean sheet.

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Numancia have scored in all 11 competitive fixtures contested in their own stadium this season, and they will feel they can do so once more against a Real Madrid starting eleven which is likely to feature several squad players.

Tips and predicitions

Both teams to score is offered at 4/5 (1.80) and this bet has paid out in four of Real Madrid's last six matches on the road in La Liga, while the price of 6/4 (2.50) for Los Blancos to win and concede is also well worthy of consideration.

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