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Copa del Rey: Real Madrid vs. Fuenlabrada: Team News, Match Preview

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Fuenlabrada v Real Madrid - Copa Del Rey Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The return of the Copa Del Rey is taking place at the Santiago Bernabéu with Real Madrid bringing back a 2-0 lead from the away leg at Fuenlabrada. Two away goals should make things easier on Real, being able to stick with some of the younger players and give returning injured players some quality minutes.

Dani Ceballos, Borja Mayoral, and Marcos Llorente should all get some quality minutes. Despite having a 2-0 lead on aggregate, Real looked pretty strange in the first leg. With younger players somewhat disappointing and Fuenlabrada looking more effective then expected.

In the first leg, Ceballos was the standout going forward for Real and Codina proved to be effective as well. In the second leg Mayoral and Llorente will be looking to have a much bigger impact.

The big question mark is if Mateo Kovacic will make his return after being out for the last couple months with a groin injury. Getting a healthy Kovacic back in the lineup will be a massive win for Zinedine Zidane and bolster the Real midfield.

However the lineups end up shaking out, a solid Real Madrid performance can be expected. Learning how Fuenlabrada played in the first leg will give Zidane a boost in how he chooses to attack and defend them.

Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid: Casilla; Achraf, Vallejo, Nacho, Theo; Llorente, Ceballos, Kovacic, Asensio, Mayoral, Benzema

Fuenlabrada: Freixanet, Díaz, Armando, García, Candela, Fernández, Fraile, Sanz, Milla, Dioni


Date: 11/28/2017

Time: 21:30 CET, 03:30pm EST, 12:30 am Pacific.

Venue: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain.

Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), Gol (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 3 - 0 Fuenlabrada

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