Atletico Madrid are all set to clash with Rayo Vallecano in the Round 16 of the Copa Del Rey campaign at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Thursday, Jan. 14, starting 7.30 PM GMT.
Both city rivals move into the clash with 1-1 aggregate. While Atletico Madrid will have an upper hand, the Vallecano side will be looking to upset the Madrid momentum.
As per the Sofa Score, Atletico Madrid are in sublime form this season. They have already qualified for the Champions League from Group C and they are now just a step closer to qualify for the quarters of Copa Del Rey. What will boost their confidence more is the fact that they are now topping the La Liga charts ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, Madrid is not taking the Rayo side slightly. The latter team is looking for survival in the tournament while just a goal difference will put Madrid ahead of the line.
Rayo striker Pablo Hernandez is confident they can upset their city rivals. “Thursday is a nice game at the Calderon, in what is a tough week. This is the good thing about football, that after a few days you can try to win again,” the Goal quoted Pablo as saying.
“Although it’s the cup and they have a slight advantage, we are capable of scoring at the Calderon and making things very difficult for them.”
Fernando Torres will be out due to ankle injury while Oliver Torres is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.
Atletico Madrid Squad: Moya; Siqueira, Savic, Gimenez, Gamez; Fernandez, Kranevitter, Carrasco, Thomas, O. Torres; Griezmann
Rayo Vallecano Squad: Carlos; Martinez, Dorado, Tito, Zhang; Trashorras, Jozabed, Llorente, Hernandez; Manucho, Miku
Atletico de Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano, Copa Del Rey Round of 16
Date: Thursday, 14 January 2016
Time: 7:30 PM GMT, 8:30 PM CET
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: bet 365