Real Madrid welcome back the return of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for the first leg of their cup tie against Valencia. Goalkeeper Antonio Adan is also back from suspension and it will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho recalls him over Iker Casillas.
‘Los Blancos’ enter this quarter final tie in an awful vein of form. Following their 0-0 draw at the weekend with bottom of the table Osasuna, they lie third, 18 points behind leaders Barcelona after only 2 wins from their last 6 competitive fixtures.
Valencia will be looking to take advantage of this out-of-sorts Real Madrid side. With four wins on the bounce, 7 in their last 8, Valencia seem strong enough to cause some problems for a backline that will be without Pepe and Sergio Ramos.
With only 2 shots on target in their match against Osasuna, Real Madrid will need a drastic improvement to claim a vital home win in this first leg. The addition of Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to help.
Valencia will rely on Spanish hitman Roberto Soldado after bagging 8 goals in his last 8 games. However, they will be without captain David Albelda, as well as Sergio Canales and Jeremy Mathieu.