Welcome to the cfrealmadrid.com. Today our topic is the Match Preview of Real Zaragoza vs Real Madrid. This is the Copa Del Rey away fixture for the Los Blancos. After the Valladolid trip resulted in a narrow victory for Royals, we are heading towards Zaragoza for the Single tier Copa Del Rey clash. This will be the round of 16 game in the cup. Real Madrid won from Unionistas in the round of 32 in the Copa Del Rey clash. Let’s discuss the Real Zaragoza vs Real Madrid Match Preview as follows.
Real Zaragoza vs Real Madrid-Match Preview:
Zidane has decided to not include Casemiro, Isco and Militao in Madrid squad. They will not be available for this match. Moreover, Gareth Bale is also on the side-lines due to the injury. Real Madrid will have to take this game seriously if they want to advance. Zaragoza are a quality team who will challenge us in their hometown. Moreover, They might play in La Liga next year.
Coming to the Match facts, Real Madrid have 4 victories in with one lost and one draw in the head-to-head with Zaragoza. Moreover, Zaragoza has won their last 5 matches while Madrid won last 6 matches. Therefore, we have to win this game to go forward in the Quarter finals and try to win the Copa Del Rey Trophy.
The match of Real Zaragoza vs Real Madrid will kick off at 21:00 C.E.T in Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain on 29th January,2020.
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.
Defenders: Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Mendy.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Valverde and James.
Attackers: Benzema, Lucas V., Jović, Brahim, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo.
(4-3-3): Areola-Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo-Valverde, Modric, James-Brahim, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
The French goalie will feature for the Los Blancos against Zaragoza. He played good game last week against Unionistas but could not get a clean sheet from the match. Areola is tall, quick and ambitious goalkeeper who wants to make his name for the Real Madrid. So, the Copa Del Rey is the perfect foundation to landmark the authority as a goalie for Areola. He must performed well here to fight for the starting spot against Courtois in other matches either in La Liga or Champions League.
Carvajal is back in the squad and he will play. Although Nacho performed well in his absence and earned a man of the match for his goal in the end. But I think Zidane will push Nacho in the centre role. Real Madrid is having a bigger match at the weekend against Atletico Madrid. Keeping that in mind, Zidane will throw Marcelo in this match and prefers Mendy in the weekend. It seems now that Mendy has taken control of the starting spot.
In the centre, either Varane or Ramos will feature. Most probably, Varane is likely a starter against the Zaragoza and Ramos will be on the bench. Both could play one half of the game. Nacho on the other hand, will be a definite starter in the defense in central position.
Keeping all things considered, it looks like Zidane will have to start Valverde in Casemiro’s spot as a defensive midfielder. Modric and James might played in the centre alongside the Uruguayan. James may come as a substitute if Kroos and Modric both in the starting eleven. Kroos and Modric both played in the last game and both rested in the last Copa Del Rey clash. Lucas Vazquez could be chipped in to the midfield as Zidane has used him in his previous era as a midfielder in the games like Copa Del Rey.
Brahim Diaz was excellent in the last match. He must be played from the start on the right flank to give him confidence. Rodrygo appeared in the last game against Valladolid that means Vinicius will likely play this match as a starter. This is really good opportunity for Vinicius to improve. His skill set is excellent. However, he has to improve his finishing and passing decisions. Rodrygo could feature as his substitute or Diaz’s substitute towards the later half of the game.
Karim Benzema is likely a starter. He was bit cold in the last game. He is yet to find his form and rhythm and for this Zaragoza game is perfect for him. However, Madrid lacked no. of goals from their last game. We must score three to four goals to force our authority against these second division teams.
I predict Real Madrid winning this match with a margin of 2,3 goals and through to the next round of the Copa Del Rey Match. That’s all from the Match Preview of Real Zaragoza vs Real Madrid . We will come back with the Match Review after the match. Hope you like our Match Preview. What are your thoughts on our line-ups? Do you agree with our score predictions? Drop your feedback and predictions in the comments section below. Stay tuned for upcoming content. Until next time, Hala Madrid