Real Madrid unlikely to cut loose against Leganes
Visitors look defensively sound
Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg
The Copa del Rey takes on added significance for Real Madrid with no title race to get involved in, so don’t expect to see many errors against Leganes no matter how many changes Zinedine Zidane makes.
Real won 1-0 at Leganes last Thursday so can pretty much cruise into the semi-finals of a competition they have won 19 times, most recently four years ago.
Key figures will be missing – Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Ceballos are injured, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos unlikely to be risked – so the likes of Kiko, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacevic and Lucas Vazquez can expect starts in a competition in which they have been regulars.
That will, in theory, boost Leganes’ prospects, though they’ve never done anything other than lose to Real previously and are on a run of no wins in four.
They came from two down to draw 2-2 at Alaves on Sunday but they’d been outplayed for most of the game and Alaves finished with ten men.
Leganes have failed to win any of their last away eight matches and a tally of 17 goals scored in 19 Liga games suggests they simply lack the punch up front to be able to land many blows in the Bernabeu.
Real looked back to their best when beating Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 at the weekend but their form over the past month or so has been too indifferent to make too much of that romp. And anyway, it will be a much-changed starting line-up tonight.
Real have won only three of their last eight Copa matches and can expect a decent test from a Leganes side who are defensively competent. The first leg ended 1-0 and there has to be a good chance the second will as well.
Real Madrid to win by one goal
1pt 7-2 Betfair
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