Leganés and Real Madrid will conclude this Thursday, January 18, the first leg of the quarterfinals of the 2017/2018 version of the King’s Cup. Scheduled to start at 18h (GMT), the game will take place at the Municipal Stadium of Butarque, in Leganés.
The competition establishes definitions in round-trip matches. The second game is scheduled for January 24. If there is a tie in number of points won, the definition can be made in the goal balance or even through the use of the qualified goal – marked away from home – as a tiebreaker criterion.
The recent performance of Leganés
On Monday, January 15, Leganés were beaten by Betis, 3 to 2, and could not leave the thirteenth place of the Spanish Championship. He has 24 points (seven wins, three draws and eight losses) and one more match to be held than most of his rivals.
It was the team’s second straight loss. The first, however, had the same effect as a victory. It was just in the last 16 of the King’s Cup. The team lost as a visitor, 2-1 to Villarreal. However, as he had won the first game, 1-0 at home, he ended up guaranteed the vacancy by the goal scored outside his dominions.
The current form of Real Madrid
The Real goes downhill in the Spanish Championship. On Saturday, January 13, at home, was beaten by Villarreal, by 1 to 0. With the result, hopes of reaching the national bichampionship, which were not large, were reduced to dust. The difference for Barcelona, who beat the Real Society by 4 to 2, and leads the tournament in an unbeaten fashion has risen to 19 points.
Thus, Real’s only goal in the tournament is to finish second or third, which would give them a guaranteed place in the Champions League group stage next season. It would be a ‘Plan B’ if the place does not come with the conquest of the continental three-time championship.
At the moment, the Real is the fourth placed with 32 points (nine wins, five draws and four losses). That would only give them the right to participate in the qualifying rounds of the continental tournament. The difference for Valencia, third place, is eight points.
The Madrid team, however, has one more game to play. The game is right against Leganés, also in the opponent’s field. It was scheduled for December, but was postponed due to the Real’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup, where she also won the two-time championship.
With goals in the Spanish Championship have been reduced, the cups become priority. That should cause coach Zinedine Zidane to change the strategy he has been using so far. The Frenchman was putting on the field in the King’s Cup teams almost entirely reserves.
In this way, he passed Fuenlabrada with a small scare. He scored 2-0 in the first leg and went on to lose at home but reached the tie 2-2. In the round of 16, the spot came without a scare, but with a stumble. After scoring 3 to 0 at Numancia in the Rival stadium, Real did not pass 2-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The turmoil caused by criticism from the supporters and the trade press should cause Zidane not to give way to new stumbling blocks. Thus, it should put a team very close to the holder in the field on Thursday.
Not that the main team are doing wonderful performances, but their performance was enough, for example, to lead Real Madrid to the last 16 of the Europa League.
The only two absences should remain defender Sergio Ramos (13 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal) and striker Karim Benzema (12 games, two goals). They are hurt.
History of the matches Leganés vs Real Madrid
There were only four meetings involving Leganés and Real Madrid. There was a draw in the first and then only victories of the Real. The teams have not faced each other yet in the current season. The game for the first round of the Spanish Championship would be held in December but was postponed due to Real’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Real Madrid has played some disastrous performances throughout the season. Many of them produced mainly by the lack of commitment of the players, who have acted as if they were to win the games whenever they want. This increases the degree of uncertainty regarding the team.
However, an analysis based on the technical capacity and not leaving aside the recent pressure exerted by the bad results make believe that the Real is still the best option of guess before the Leganés. The capital team has a price of 1.35 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 5.00. Victory of the constituents multiplies the investment by 8.50.