Real Madrid look to comeback after El Classico defeat

December 12th, 2011 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, Dec 12 (IANS) Tuesday night sees a round of fixtures in the Spanish Copa del Rey as the majority of the teams from the Primera Liga enter the competition in the round of 32.

FC Barcelona, who are in Japan for the World Club Championships, as well as Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao, have already played their first leg matches, but Real Madrid and the some of the other sides in the Spanish top flight all play on Tuesday.

Madrid will look to regains some lost pride following their defeat at home to Barcelona Saturday when they travel north to play Ponferradina, who play in Spain’s third category, Segunda B.

Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho will again rotate his squad to give playing time to players such as Nuri Sahin, Rafael Varene and Esteban Granero, while Gonzalo Higuain could start the game, Xinhua reported.

There are four ties between Primera Liga sides as Sporting Gijon entertain Mallorca, Real Sociedad face Granada, Getafe play at home to Malaga and Rayo Vallecano take on Racing Santander. With most of these clubs battling against relegation and Malaga aiming for a place in Europe, it will be interesting to see how many first team players are risked by the coaches ahead of the last league game of the year next weekend.

Elsewhere Valencia visit Cadiz, there are Andalusia derbies between Cordoba and Real Betis and San Roque and Sevilla. Meanwhile Deportivo la Coruna may fancy their chance of progessing in the tournament against Levante.

Celta Vigo will want to test their ability against top-flight opposition when Espanyol visit Balaidos while two Primera Liga coaches face worrying nights, under pressure Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido takes his side to Segunda B high flyers Mirandes while bottom of the table Zaragoza have a difficult trip to Alcarcon. A defeat for Zaragoza could cost coach Javier Aguirre his job.

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