Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Arandina and Real Madrid face each other at Estadio El Montecillo in what is expected to be a David-vs-Goliath clash. The Segunda Division B side have not recorded a win in the league since October 8, 2023 and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in Saturday’s Copa del Rey encounter. Los Blancos, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mallorca on Wednesday, with Antonio Rudiger scoring a late winner.
Real Madrid have big ambitions for the 2023/2024 Spanish Cup campaign and even though Carlo Ancelotti is going to mix the squad, away win should be considered. All Brahim Diaz, Joselu, Dani Ceballos, and Lucas Vazquez should be recalled to the starting XI, while the likes of David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, and Eduardo Camavinga remain in the recovery room. Experienced centre-back Nacho Fernandez is back from suspension.
Highlighted Player (Toni Kroos):
Toni Kroos is a Real Madrid midfielder who started playing for Bayern Munich II at senior level. He made 13 appearances for the reserve team and on 31 January, 2009 he joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan. He made his Bayer debut on 28 February, 2009, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Hannover.
The German midfielder scored ten goals in 43 league appearances with the BayArena outfit and in the summer of 2010 he returned to Bayern Munich. Kroos won three Bundesliga trophies with the mighty Bavarian giants (2007/2008, 2012/2013, 2013/2014) and in 2013 he was part of Bayern Munich’s team that won the Champions League trophy.
In 2014, though, he decided to leave the club and the German superstar joined Real Madrid on a six-year-contract. Kroos won the 2015/2016 Champions League trophy with los Blancos and it has to be noted that he produced a thrilling performance in the title game against Atletico Madrid. In 2014 he clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 13 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world.
Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards.
The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).