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Real Madrid vs Numancia
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).
Real Madrid vs Numancia: Preview and Predictions
Real Madrid continued to drop points on Sunday when they were lucky to have avoided a defeat to Celta Vigo at Balaidos. Iago Aspas missed the penalty for the Sky Blues and the match eventually ended in a 2-2 draw to leave the defending champions 16 points below their arch-rivals Barcelona at the top of the standings.
The good news ahead of this clash with Numancia is that the potential Copa del Rey embarrassment is avoided as Los Blancos pulled off a convincing 0-3 victory at Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos last Thursday. Zinedine Zidane used a mixed lineup which saw Gareth Bale making the start after a long time. The Welsh star was safe from the spot before being subbed in the second half. Real Madrid received another penalty later on as Isco doubled the lead from the spot before Borja Mayoral made it 0-3 in the stoppage time.
The French manager, whose job is on the line after a rather dismal campaign in both Champions League and La Liga so far, is thus expected to mix up his squad once again for the rematch with Numancia. The visitors were clearly disappointed after the first leg as they hoped to get the result against Spanish heavyweight on the back of a strong campaign they’ve had so far in Segunda Division.
Real Madrid vs Numancia: Head-to-head
Before last week’s encounter, the two sides have last met back in the 2008/09 season when Real Madrid bagged six goals in two comfortable wins.
Los Blancos have been super dominant in the history of the head to head meetings winnings even of nine clashes against Numancia.
Real Madrid vs Numancia: Prediction
Numancia could not score a goal last Thursday, but they will certainly be motivated to make such accomplishment in the rematch in the capital.
Since Los Blancos have shown plenty of holes at the back lately, and since Numancia bagged at least a goal in 15 of last 16 matches in all competitions, we see the value in backing the BTTS pick at 2.10 odds.
Real Madrid vs Numancia: Bet Tips
Over 1.5 Goals in the first half 1.83