Melilla vs Real Madrid
Spanish Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Kick-Off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Alvarez Claro (Melilla).
Real Madrid are going through a very tough period coming into the mid-week Copa del Rey tie with the lower-division Melilla. The current Champions League winners will travel to Estadio Alvarez Claro for the last 32 round of Copa del Rey tie off the back of a demolishing 5-1 loss to bitter rivals Barcelona in El Clasico.
The defeat caused the board to make the change on the bench as Julen Lopetegui gave away his place to the former Real Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari. The decision was brought on Monday evening, meaning Solari will have just two days to prepare the team for the trip to Melilla.
Luckily for the former Real Madrid Castilla manager, the opposition comes from the third tier of the Spanish football and it would take a real miracle to happen for Madrid to slip up here as well, regardless of a very difficult situation they have brought themselves into.
Melilla vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
Melilla will have the honour of playing Real Madrid for the first time ever on Wednesday.
Melilla vs Real Madrid: Prediction
The hosts are doing well at the start of the new season in the third division. They sit second in their respective Segunda B group with 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in 10 matches so far. Luis Carrion’s men took advantage of the easier draw to see off Ontinyent 2-0 at home in the previous round of Copa del Rey.
Melilla won 8, drew 1 and lost 1 of last 10 games across competitions. Such streak will obviously count for little when they come face to face with the likes of Real Madrid who head into this as enormous favourites in spite of a run of four defeats in last five matches in all competitions.
Madrid dropped down to 9th place in La Liga ladder after winning just one point from last five league affairs. Their players will be highly motivated to boost up the confidence and turn the momentum on their side with a demolishing victory over the lower-division opponent here.
Melilla vs Real Madrid: Bet Tips
HT/FT Real Madrid/Real Madrid @ 1.50 (1/2)
Real Madrid -2.5 handicap @ 2.05 (21/20).