It’s David vs Goliath when Real Madrid host Celta Vigo in the Copa Del Rey first-leg semi-final match on Wednesday night at Santiago Bernebeu.
Los Blancos will look to get back to winning ways, as they saw their 40-games unbeaten record in all competitions come to end in a dramatic fashion away at Sevilla, however Celta will aim to capitalise from Real’s loss, and put them one-step closer to the final.
The Galicians head to the Spanish capital following a 1-0 victory over Alaves at home on Sunday, a results which proves them how they are capable of upsetting the Zinedine Zidane’s side come Wednesday evening.
The last time these two sides clash was last year August in a La Liga fixture that saw second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Alvaro Morata hand the Uefa Champions League holders a comfortable 2-1 victory at home, with Celta recording their victory against Real back in the 2014/2015 season, with a 2-0 win.
Furthermore, Real and Celta have played each other 21 times since 200 – with the Spanish giants recording a total of 14 wins, inferior to 3 of Celta. Only two games were drawn – both ending at 1-all scoreline.
It remains to be seen how close the Real Madrid starting 11 on Wednesday evening is to Zidane’s first choice side, but irrespective of personnel, Los Blancos will feel confident of recording a win. Whether they can do that while keeping a clean sheet is less clear and generally this season (the Madrid Derby notwithstanding), Real Madrid have conceded when playing against the division’s better sides.
- Real Madrid 3 – 1 Celta Vigo
Kick-off for the semi-final is at 22:15 (local time).