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Potential starting XI: Arandina v Real Madrid – Copa Del Rey

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As Real Madrid faces Arandina in the Copa del Rey, the potential starting XI for both teams unveils intriguing dynamics ahead of this fixture.

Arandina, one of the two remaining fourth-tier teams in the competition, has defied expectations with an impressive run, securing victories against Real Murcia and Cadiz.

On the other hand, Real Madrid, the current trophy holders, approach the clash fresh from a 1-0 win against Mallorca.

Arandina’s Unexpected Journey:

Arandina, currently struggling in the league, has showcased remarkable resilience in the Copa del Rey. Sitting at the bottom of Group 1 with 10 points from two wins, four draws, and 10 losses, their journey in the tournament is a silver lining in a challenging season.

The 1-0 triumph over Real Murcia and the La Liga scalp of Cadiz (2-1) underline their determination, setting the stage for an enticing encounter with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid’s Formidable Campaign

Real Madrid, perched at the top of La Liga with 48 points, has been in exceptional form. With 15 wins, three draws, and one loss in 19 league matches, they maintain a slender lead over Girona based on the head-to-head record.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side, victorious in their last four matches across competitions, faces a congested schedule with a Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid looming next week.

Copa del Rey as a Priority

While La Liga and the Champions League take precedence for Real Madrid, the Copa del Rey holds sentimental value. The defending champions aim to balance their priorities as they eye success in multiple competitions.

Ancelotti’s strategic rotations are evident in the potential starting XI, reflecting the importance of providing key players with rest ahead of critical fixtures.

Potential starting XI for Arandina and Real Madrid:

Arandina, led by coach Alex Izquierdo, is likely to maintain a similar XI that triumphed against Cadiz in the previous round. Employing a 3-4-3 formation, key players include Haji Ceesay, Ayoub El Battioui, and leading goalscorer Alfredo Sualdea.

For Real Madrid, Ancelotti may introduce changes from the Mallorca clash, incorporating Brahim Diaz, Joselu, Dani Ceballos, Alvaro Carrillo, and Nico Paz into the starting lineup. Arda Guler is also expected to make his long-awaited debut.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to return in goal, with the absence of Courtois, Militao, and Alaba due to injuries. Nacho’s return from suspension adds defensive stability.

Arandina: Alvarez; Ochoa, Marquez, Pesca; Otu, Vitolo, Zaza, Ceesay; Manzano, Sualdea, El Battioui.
Real Madrid: Kepa; Carvajal, Nacho, Carrillo, F Garcia; Ceballos, Paz, Modric; Guler; Brahim, Joselu.

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