After playing a 1-1 draw in the first Copa del Rey leg match, Diego Simeone’s men are hoping that at their Estadio Vicente Calderón they will be able to seal the progress.
COPA DEL REY
January 14, 2016 • 19:30 • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: José Luis González González
In a short period of time Thursday’s Copa del Rey 2nd leg match will be the third consecutive between Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. In La liga match the Los Colchoneros celebrated away with 2-0, keeping the pace with Barcelona, while as mention before, the first leg match ended with a 1-1 draw.
In the last La Liga championship match Atletico celebrated with a lot of problems, however, the situation on the table clearly shows what kind of season for both teams this is, because the league toppers is currently Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano is sitting at the bottom in relegation zone. Diego Simeone’s men are on incredible run, losing only one game from their last ten, while on the other side Rayo Vallecano tasted a win just once from their last games.
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The Los Colchoneros are holding on the leadership position, after celebrating last weekend in a tough away game at Celta
For Atletico it was their third consecutive win without conceding and only Rayo Vallecano managed to score them one, in the Copa del Rey first leg match from their last four games. Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone this Thursday most likely will rotate a little his team, considering the new players he has bought. Against Celta Vigo, Fernandez was a starter, while Vietto led the
the Los Colchoneros attack from the first minute.
Given that this is a Cup match, and that the result of the first match is pretty good, now we can expect more changes and a combined composition, similarly as in the first game, but according to the last news at Atletico Madrid official site, Torres is definetly out after suffering a trauma to the right ankle.
Due to injury (broken leg) Thiago is out as well, while the left sideback Siqueira is doubtful.
Atletico Madrid probable lineup: Moya – Gamez, Savić, Gimenez, Filipe Luis – Kranevitter, Thomas – Carrasco, Fernandez, Correa – J.Martinez
Rayo Vallecano is having some major problems and it is clear that this team all their attention must focus on the championship, because they are second in the table from bottom and for them follows a bitter struggle for survival.
More than anything, concerns a fact that the last time Paco Jemez’s side have celebrated was back in early Decemeber. Just one win in the last two months, with two draws and six defeats, is something from which Rayo Vallecano will have to wake up quickly or otherwise, the next season they will play in the Spanish second league.
Still, some defeats could have an excuse considering the opponents against they played such as Real Madrid, Villarreal and Atletico, but Paco Jemez’s side is losing and against the league bottom clubs like in the last round against Levante, 2-1. It was a game where and a point was a success, but in the finish of the game Rayo Vallecano lost the game.
The coach Paco Jemez is trying all possible rotations to shake his team and to change something, so at Levante he played with two classic striker, Guerra and Micu but even that, again, did not help. Many recent suspensions and injury problems doesn’t help to Jemez to bounce back to winning ways, and for this game of course, we expect again some new changes in the first team and giving the rest to some key players considering that against Atletico Madrid his side is a complete outsider.
Rayo Vallecano probable lineup: Juan Carlos – Quini, D.Llorente, Dorado, Nacho – Jozabed, Trashorras – Embarba, Bangoura, Hernandez – Manucho