The return of the Copa Del Rey is happening this week with Real Madrid traveling to nearby Estadio Fernando Torres. The first game in Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey journey is against local side Fuenlabrada.
If you don’t know much about Fuenlabrada, you aren’t alone. So a brief internet dive led me to the following information on Wikipedia:
Club de Fútbol Fuenlabrada, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Fuenlabrada, in the autonomous community of Madrid. Founded in 1975 it plays in Segunda División B – Group 1, holding home matches at Estadio Fernando Torres, with a capacity of 2,500 seats.
Fuenlabrada currently sit second in Segunda División B – Group 1, on 23 points with only one loss so far this season. They’ve won their first two Copa del Rey games in 2017, a 2-0 over Mérida AD and a 3-1 win over CD Calahorra.
On the other side, Real Madrid have an excellent opportunity to mix in some squad rotation and get a glance at some of the young talent that is in the Real Madrid system.
The entire basis for Real Madrid’s predicted lineup is a wild guess. It really could be just about anyone, but a mix of mostly younger players with maybe one ore two senior players wouldn’t be surprising.
Whatever combination of youth and experience we get, the opportunity for young players the likes of Ceballos, Llorente, and Theo to get some playing time is a fun viewing opportunity.
Real Madrid: Casilla; Achraf, Vallejo, Nacho, Theo; Llorente, Ceballos, Kroos , Asensio, Mayoral, Benzema
Fuenlabrada: Freixanet, Díaz, Armando, García, Candela, Fernández, Fraile, Sanz, Milla, Dioni
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM COPA DEL REY
Time: 21:30 CET, 03:30pm EST, 12:30 am Pacific.
Venue: Estadio Fernando Torres, Madrid, Spain.
Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), BeIN La Liga (Spain).
Available Streaming: BeIN Sports (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a summer discount for new members and Managing Madrid readers).
Prediction: Real Madrid 4 - 0 Fuenlabrada