Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Real Madrid take on Fuenlabrada at Estadio Fernando Torres in the opening match of their Copa del Rey campaign. Los Blancos won their last Spanish Cup trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, they are eager to put an end to Barcelona’s dominance in the competition. Coach Zinedine Zidane is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, away win should be considered. The French tactician has a number of top-class to choose players to choose from and we predict that the Spanish giants will prove their worth in Thursday’s football match. Fuenlabrada have been producing fine performances in the Segunda B this season, but los Blancos are likely to pose a much big threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. Taking everything into account, we do not believe that Antonio Calderon’s men are capable of making a miracle at Estadio Fernando Torres in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.
Highlighted Player (Marcelo):
Marcelo is a Brazilian football player who has always been compared with Robero Carlos. The pacey full back has a very powerful shoot and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. Marcelo was born in Rio de Janeiro on 12 May, 1988 and he played for Fluminense during his youth career. He made 30 league appearances for Flu and in 2007 he joined Real Madrid. The Brazilian ace made his Real Madrid debut against Deportivo La Coruna on 7 January, 2007, coming as a substitute in the second half of the match. He made his first start in a 2-1 loss to Racing de Santander. Marcelo won two Champions League trophies with los Blancos (2013/2014, 2015/2016), while clinching three La Liga titles (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2011/2012). The Real Madrid full back represented Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics and he won the bronze medal with the Selecao. Four years later, the Brazilians won the silver medal at the Summer Olympics in London. Marcelo’s contract with Real Madrid expires on 30 June, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid are 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 11 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).