Zinedine Zidane's men enjoyed an excellent weekend as they capitalised on a Barcelona loss to go three points clear in the title race, and are looking for more cup progress this evening as they take on Segunda Division hopefuls Zaragoza.
Date: Wednesday 29 January, 2020
Venue: La Romareda
Kick-off time: 8pm GMT
Prediction: Zaragoza 0-2 Real Madrid
Zaragoza sit fourth in the second division and will be no pushovers, but expect this steely Real side to weather the storm.
Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard are still out for Real Madrid. The Welsh winger picked up an ankle injury in the 3-1 win away to Unionistas de Salamanca in the previous round last week and although he trained normally on Tuesday, he has been kept in reserve ahead of Saturday’s derby at home to Atletico in LaLiga.
Hazard has been sidelined with an ankle problem of his own since late November and is the final stages of his recovery, but will not feature in Zaragoza and is expected to miss the Madrid derby as well.
Marco Asensio is also still out, although the Spanish international is back in training as he recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in pre-season.
Casemiro, Isco and Eder Militao have all been rested for the visit to La Romareda, while there is no place in the squad for Mariano.
In midfield, Fede Valverde and James Rodriguez are likely to start after both sat out the 1-0 win at Real Valladolid in LaLiga on Sunday.
Real Zaragoza possible XI: Alvarez; Vigaray, Atienza, Grippo, Nieto; Eguaras, Raul Guti, James, Kagawa; Luis Suarez, Raphael Dwamena
Real Madrid possible XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Kroos, James; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Junior
The match is not available to watch live in the UK, but you can follow our live commentary stream with Spanish football correspondent Ben Hayward.
Man City to reach the final: 1/33
Man Utd to reach the final: 25/1
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