Copa del Rey: Arandina vs. Real Madrid Match Predictions, Fantasy Football Tips, Team News and Line-ups
Copa del Rey – Arandina vs. Real Madrid: Holders of Copa del Rey When Real Madrid plays fourth-tier team Arandina on Saturday night, they’ll be looking to secure a position in the competition’s last-16 round.
When Real Madrid plays Arandina in the round of 32, they will be attempting to avert what would be one of the biggest upsets in Spanish football history.
Real Madrid is the third-most successful team in the tournament’s history, having won the title 20 times.
Arandina and Barbastro, who play La Liga winners Barcelona on Sunday, are the only two remaining fourth-tier teams in the competition this season.
Although La Arandina was promoted from Tercera Federacion to Segunda Federacion the previous season, they have had a difficult season thus far, finishing last in Group 1 with 10 points after 16 league games played. Their record is 2 wins, 4 draws, and 10 losses.
It is extremely unexpected that Alex Izquierdo’s team is in this level of the Copa del Rey, given their play this season, and this is by far their best-ever showing in the competition.
In the opening round of this season’s competition, Arandina defeated Real Murica 1-0. In the final round, they defeated Cadiz 2-1 to earn a spot in La Liga.
Since their 3-1 loss at Marino de Luanco on December 17, the host team has not played. It is unclear if this extended layoff will help or hurt them in the match.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, will go into this game fresh off a 1-0 victory over Mallorca on Wednesday night, which was secured by Antonio Rudiger in the 78th minute of play.
Los Blancos are currently leading the table with 48 points after winning 15, drawing 3, and losing one of their 19 league games this season.
However, they are only ahead of Girona in head-to-head play, with the two teams sitting an astounding 10 points ahead of third-place Atletico Madrid and fourth-place Barcelona.
After winning their last four games across all competitions, Carlo Ancelotti’s team will play Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final the next week, with a possible final match against Barcelona or Osasuna on January 14.
Copa del Rey is not as high on the team’s priority list as La Liga and the Champions League, but Real Madrid is the current champions, having won the competition for the twentieth time in their history after defeating Osasuna 2-1 in the previous year’s final.
After managing Real Madrid’s victories in both 2013–14 and 2022–23, Ancelotti, who inked a new contract at the Bernabeu until June 2026, oversaw the team’s first triumph in the competition in nine years.
Arandina Copa del Rey form:
Arandina form (all competitions):
L D L W D L
Real Madrid form (all competitions):
W D W W W W
Nearly the same starting lineup that faced Cadiz in the opening round of the competition was available for selection by Arandina head coach Izquierdo.
Haji Ceesay, a 25-year-old who scored two goals from that position in the 2023–24 campaign, should start in a 3–4–3 configuration.
There are a lot of possibilities in the last part of the field, but Alfredo Sualdea, who has scored the most goals this season, might start at centre forward and Ayoub El Battioui on the left.
Regarding Real Madrid, Arda Guler was back on the bench and there’s a chance the Turkey international might make his debut tonight.
Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior also made their injury returns against Mallorca.
There will be alterations from the starting lineup that faced Mallorca: Kepa Arrizabalaga may start in goal again, although Brahim Diaz, Joselu, Dani Ceballos, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Carrillo, and Nico Paz are all expected to start.
owing to severe knee injuries, Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba have been out of action for Real Madrid for an extended period of time.
Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga are still a significant question owing to injuries, but Nacho has returned from suspension and is expected to start.
Federico Valverde, Rodrygo, Jude Bellingham, and Toni Kroos are probably among the Real Madrid players who will be rested before their match against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semifinal.
Arandina possible starting lineup:
Alvarez; Ochoa, Marquez, Pesca; Otu, Vitolo, Zaza, Ceesay; Manzano, Sualdea, El Battioui
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Vazquez, Nacho, Carrillo, F Garcia; Ceballos, Paz, Modric; Guler; Brahim, Joselu
Our Prediction for this match 3-0 won by Real Madrid