Event Date: December 12, 2012 13:00 CET
Coming off a 3-2 squeaker against Valladolid, Real Madrid is set to open their round-of-16 Copa Del Rey duel with Celta Vigo on Wednesday at Balaidos.
Real Madrid continues to show signs of vulnerability as of late, needing two second half goal from Mesut Ozil to complete a come-from-behind win over Valladolid Saturday at Nuevo Jose Zorilla Stadium.
Still, Madrid’s performance against lowly Valladolid prompts football analyst to question the team’s mettle this season.
Ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been as explosive as he was last season, forcing manager Jose Mourinho to tap other players in facilitating their attacks.
The defense also appears a major problem for the Los Blancos in their last game as goaltender Iker Cassilas surprisingly allowed Munocho to score two goals in the first half.
On the other hand, Celta Vigo has been pretty decent in their last four outings with wins against Real Zaragosa 1-0 and Almeria 3-0 and draws with Mallorca and Levante.
Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas is expected to provide Real Madrid some threat in the box while midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli can create virtuoso plays at any given night.
Celta Vigo edged Almeria 3-2 on aggregate in the Copa Del Rey round-of-32 match while Real Madrid dominated Alcoyano 7-1 on aggregate in the first round of the final phase.
Ladbrokes places Celta Vigo as a huge underdog going into the match, offering the team at 7.00 for victory. Real Madrid’s win is available at 1.29 while a draw is slated at 5.00.