Leganes v Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey quarter final first leg on Thursday gives Real Madrid the opportunity to get back on track after a shocking 1-0 defeat at home to Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. This is the first leg of the quarter final contest and Real go into the tie as favourites despite not great form.
Leganes v Real Madrid Preview
Real Madrid have named much changed sides for the Copa Del Rey matches so far but now that it is down to the last 8, Zinedine Zidane may decide to name some of his bigger players in the side in order to make sure they come through the tie. Real simply need to win for a little confidence boost alone, as recent form may have affected team spirit. That being said, a win in La Liga at the weekend is crucial too.
The major team news is that Karim Benzema is expected to return to the squad for Real Madrid. He has missed a number of games with a hamstring injury but it appears that he is ready to return here. Kiko Casilla is expected to keep his place in goal and Zinedine Zidane has stated that the number two keeper will play all of the Copa Del Rey matches, even if they reach the final.
Leganes (4-3-3): Cuellar; Zaldua, Siovas, Santos, Garcia; Eraso, Perez, Pires; Zhar, Beauvue, Amrabat
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casilla; Achraf, Nacho, Vallejo, Hernandez; Casemiro, Kovacic, Ceballos; Vazquez, Asensio, Benzema
Leganes v Real Madrid Betting Tips
- Leganes have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 5 out of the last 10.
- Real Madrid have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 2 out of the last 10.
- In the last 10 games, Leganes have scored an average of 0.9 goals and have conceded an average of 1.1 goals.
- In the last 10 games, Real Madrid have scored an average of 1.8 goals and have conceded an average of 1.1 goals.
- There have been over 2.5 goals in 4 of the last 10 Leganes games.
- There have been over 2.5 goals in 7 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
Leganes v Real Madrid Prediction
Leganes are fresh off the back of a 3-2 defeat at Real Betis on Monday night. They fought back from 2-0 down to level at one point in the match, but conceded a late penalty which was converted. The fact that Real have had 2 extra days rest may be crucial here.
Some of the big players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale may not be risked for this game. If worst comes to worst, Los Blancos will still have the 2nd leg at the Bernabeu to turn things around. Real are still expected to win this first leg though.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid win 1/3 at Bet365.
Over 2.5 goals 13/20 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 2-1 13/2 at Bet365.
Disclaimer: Odds correct at time of publishing