Real Madrid v Girona: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Copa del Rey 2018-19
Real Madrid will be hoping to erase Barcelona's stamp of authority on the Copa del Rey and win the Spanish Cup for the first time since 2014. With 10 points between the league leaders Barcelona and third-placed Real Madrid, LaLiga appears to be a much more difficult mountain to climb, when compared to the Copa del Rey.
After a poor start to the season that saw former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui getting the sack, and what led to the appointment of former player Santiago Solari, Real Madrid have finally brought some consistency into their results, but are still very far from producing the consistency that we expect of them.
The last Copa del Rey match against Leganes saw the Los Blancos getting beaten 1-0 away, but went through on a 3-1 aggregate score. The Madrid giants will be hoping for a repeat of the LaLiga result this season, having beaten the Catalan side 4-1 away.
After upsetting Atletico Madrid in the round-of-16, Girona will be hoping for another upset at the Santiago Bernabeu when they take on the Los Blancos. Girona are win-less in their last 8 matches and will be more than satisfied if they can claim something at Madrid.
Here's your team news and predicted XI.
Santiago Solari has been boosted by the return of Toni Kroos, Marcos Llorente and Mariano Diaz while Kaylor Navas, Jesus Vallejo, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio are all out injured.
Johan Mojica, Aday and Carles Planas are on the sidelines for the Catalan side, while Christian Stuani is expected to be back in the squad after missing the last match.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Llorente, Kroos, Valverde; Vinicius, Benzema, Isco
Girona (3-4-3): Iraizoz; Ramalho, Espinosa, Muniesa; Porro, Granell, Luiz, Valery; Lozano, Garcia, Stuani