La Liga champions Real Madrid will be targeting a place in the Copa del Rey round-of-16 when they host Fuenlabrada in the second leg of their last-32 tie on Tuesday.
Copa del Rey
28 November 2017
Round of 32
Kick-off: 22H30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Real Madrid 1 1 0 0
Fuenlabrada 1 0 0 1
Fuenlabrada 0-0 Real Madrid 26/10/17 (Copa del Rey)
Real Madrid goalscorers: M. Asensio (pen 63′), L. Vazquez (pen 80′)
Players to watch
Cristiano Ronaldo has been leading the scoring charts with 11 goals from 16 games in all competitions but, should he be rested, Real could look towards Karim Benzema and Isco for the goals.
Fuenlabrada have been relying on Dioni for goals this season. The 27-year-old striker has bagged nine goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.
Team form and manager quotes
Los Blancos have found some form in recent weeks following their two disappointing defeats to Girona in La Liga, and Tottenham in the Champions League.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have won three and drawn one of their last four games in all competitions. They beat Las Palmas convincingly 3-0 before a goalless draw with Atletico Madrid. In their last two outings they hammered APOEL 6-0 in the Champions League before a 3-2 victory over Malaga in the league.
Zidane told the press after the narrow win over Malaga: “When teams come here they play for their lives, and if we do not reach a very high level things can happen like today, difficulties for us.
“We can play better yes, we should play better yes, we lost the ball too many times today.”
Meanwhile, Fuenlabrada have enjoyed a fantastic campaign thus far. They have lost only two games all season, one of which was the 2-0 defeat to Real in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie. They are top of the Segunda Division B standings, which is the third tier of Spanish football.
Fuenlabrada are unbeaten in their last six games, winning four. They beat UD Sanse 2-1 before a 1-0 win over Ferrol and a goalless draw with RM Castilla in their last three outings.
“We are ambitious by nature, in any game we play, we go out to win, we are also aware and realistic of where we are, we have an extreme difficulty after the first leg in which we lost 0-2 but it is 90 more minutes to play and we are not going to give up,” Fuenlabrada manager Antonio Calderon told Europa Press.
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The hosts are without centre-back Jesus Vallejo due to suspension, while Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, and Sergio Ramos are also unlikely to feature due to injuries.
The visitors will be unable to call on central midfielder Paco Candela, who is serving a suspension for a red card.