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Real Madrid vs UD Cornellà, Copa del Rey 2014-15: TV Information, Prediction, Preview

An all but meaningless cup tie lets Ancelotti rest his stars

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This is the closest thing to a preseason match Real Madrid will play in December. After battering Cornellá 4-1 on the road in October, it would take a 0-4 loss at home in order for Madrid to fail to advance. This match won't be much more than midweek entertainment.

Real's record of 16 consecutive wins is of course on the line, and they have the all-time record in their sights. In the 2005-06 season, Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona won 18 straight, and with Madrid kicking off a three game home-stand against Cornellà, Celta Vigo, and Ludogorets, Los Blancos have a very legitimate chance to match and break the record.

But how did I get through two paragraphs without mentioning the biggest headline of the game?! I don't know, but I do know Jesé will return! With almost perfect timing as Ancelotti plans to rest Ronaldo, Jesé will come on in the second half for his first minutes in over eight months.

And it won't be just Ronaldo getting a breather. Marcelo, Pepe, Benzema, and Toni Kroos will also take the game off. Filling in the midfield will be Asier Illarramendi, Sami Khedira, and Álvaro Medrán, all of whom will benefit from more playing time.

The first leg's result is letting Madrid turn on cruise control in this game, and it'll be exciting to see Jesé back on the pitch. It's clear Illarra and Medrán aren't in Ancelotti's top 11, and with Khedira's future in doubt, it'll be very interesting to see how the midfield operates.

Match information:

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TV Information: beIN Sports (USA), Sky Sports 5 (UK), Canal+ Liga, GolT Multigol (Spain), more

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 UD Cornellà

Projected Lineup: Keylor Navas; Coentrão, Varane, Arbeloa, Nacho; Khedira, Medrán, Illarra, Isco; Bale, Chicharito

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