The uneven Real Madrid has this Wednesday, January 10, a game to meet table in the round of 16 of the 2017/2018 version of the King’s Cup of Spain. For the eighth finals, will receive in the stadium Bernabeu Numancia. The kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
In the first game, as a visitor, Real thrashed 3-0. Thus, will ensure their place in the quarterfinals in case of victory, draw or even defeat by up to two goals difference. To advance, the Numancia would have to win by four or more goals of advantage or repeat the marker trying to force an extension or decision by penalties.
The recent performance of Real Madrid
A disaster of this proportion is considered almost unfeasible. Thus, coach Zinedine Zidane will most likely resort to the strategy of climbing a reserve team to meet the schedule determined by the organizers of the competition on Wednesday.
Even because the team needs to stand in the Spanish Championship, where it is in difficult situation. On Sunday, January 7, the Real were in the tie for 2 to 2 with Celta, in Vigo, and the home owners still wasted a penalty kick.
With 32 points (nine wins, five draws and three losses), the Real occupies the fourth position in LaLIga. That would make him have to play the qualifying round of the Champions League in the 2018/2019 season. Certainly it is a risk that the management does not want to run, even if the situation is reversible.
After all, the Spanish Championship will have its final round of the first round next weekend and Real still have one more match to make than almost all of their rivals since they had a game postponed when they played the FIFA Club World Cup FIFA (International Football Federation).
The current form of Numancia
Numancia also has another priority. The team contends the Second Division of the Spanish Championship and has chances to once again get a place in LaLiga. On Sunday, January 7, they were 2-2 with Leonesa, away from home, remaining in the elite squad of the standings.
With 36 points (ten wins, six draws and five losses), he is fourth. In the Second Division, the first two get direct access. In this fight, the Numancia is three points behind Cadiz, vice-leader.
However, there is still a vacancy to be played between the teams that finish the qualifying phase between the third and sixth positions. In this case, Numancia’s advantage over Lugo, seventh placed, is three points.
With no real possibility to react, coach Jagoba Arrasate might spare some of his players from the duel in Madrid. After all, the team has a major clash scheduled for Sunday, January 14, against Huesca, leader of LaLiga 2 with 40 points, in the opponent’s home.
There is, however, no certainty regarding this strategy, as for many athletes the simple fact of being able to play at the Santiago Bernabeu can be considered a feat. Guaranteed is that midfielder Pepe Maly Diamanka will not act. He has received red card in the first leg and will have to comply with automatic suspension.
History of the matches between Real Madrid and Numancia
In the nine times they met, the Real won seven matches, the Numancia one and was also recorded a draw.
Real Madrid have shown great laziness in games like this. In the previous phase of the King’s Cup defeated the small For Fuenlabrada, away from home, by 2 to 0. In the game back, he was scared and had to settle for the 2-2 draw.
Still, the Real should be considered the best option to guess at the confrontation. It has a price of 1.10 in Rivalo. Draw returns 10.00 and successful visitor yields 25.00 for 1.