Real Madrid will welcome table toppers, Barcelona to the Bernabeu for the second leg of their double-legged Copa Del Rey semi-finals tie wherein they had played a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Real Madrid have suffered a dip in form since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo but have since been rejuvenated under the tutelage of Santiago Solari with intelligent plays and electrifying synergy between Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. giving Los Blancos the needed spark.
Los Blancos are in for a tough run of matches considering that their next two matches are against table leaders, Barcelona in the league and Ajax in the second leg of their Champions League encounter.
Although, they still remain in the Champions League, this could be the last chance for Madrid to get a shot at silverware this term and they would have to secure a win on home soil to make sure of that.
Recent form (in all competitions): W D W W L W
Although, this cup is the least on Barcelona’s priority list, they will be willing to do so at the expense of their fiercest rivals.
That said, they have their names written on this cup after emerging winners of the competition in the last four campaigns and have easily run out winners over Leganes, Cultural Leonasa and Sevilla on their way to the semi-finals.
However, Barcelona haven’t been particularly incredible in recent weeks except for their 4-2 crushing of Sevilla in their last league game and may consequently not find the game against Madrid an easy one to deal with.
Recent form (in all competitions): D D D W D W
Marcos Llorente remain an injury doubt for Real Madrid while the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Arthur, Jasper Cillesen and Rafinha remain on the sidelines due to injury for Barcelona
Possible Starting Line-Up
Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguillon; Modric, Kroos, Casemiro; Vinicius, Benzema, Lucas
Ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Lenglet, Roberto; Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic; Dembele, Suarez, Messi