Betting tips for Real Madrid VS Leganes 09.01.2019
Real Madrid and Leganés face each other on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu, a challenge to count for the first leg of the first knockout round of the King's Cup. Real Madrid returned to disillusion in the last day when leaving defeated in of doors before the Real Sociedad, another stain in its course of Merengues this season. On the other side comes a Leganés who, on the last day, proved the defeat for the first time since the end of October, slipping on Espanyol's ground for the championship.
Real Madrid arrives here after eliminating modest UD Melilla in the previous round. This is proof that the Merengues have won 19 times in their history, with the most recent achievements having been in the 2010/11 and 2013/14 seasons, and since then the best record they have achieved in the King's Cup was two quarters of final, reached in 2016/17 and 2017/18, eliminated by Celta de Vigo and Leganés, respectively. The team entered 2019 on the wrong foot, starting with a draw at Villarreal (2-2), and then succumbing to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad (0-2).
In 10 home games for domestic competition, the Merengues won 7, losing 2, with a total of 19 goals scored and 6 goals conceded. The home defeat against Real Sociedad came to finish a record of four consecutive victories in these conditions. In addition, this was only the second time the team went blank in the scoreline in their domains, with the first time having been against Atletico Madrid. The Madrilenians were eliminated last time they faced this team in the King's Cup, and Santiago Solari will look for an immediate response to the home defeat at the weekend.
King's Cup Leganés, in turn, arrives here after having eliminated Rayo Vallecano. The team never managed to win any of the King's Cup matches, but they were close enough to reach the semi-finals in the last edition of the competition, their best record in the King's Cup. Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of last season, losing later to Sevilla. After a 1-1 draw against Getafe (1-1), Celta de Vigo (1-1) and Sevilla (1-1), Leganés lost to Espanyol on the final day of the last round, since 27 October, that is, the only snub in the last 10 consecutive games.
Leganés have already eliminated Real Madrid in the last edition of the competition, but also has already been defeated this season at the hands of the same (4-1). Out of doors Pepineros have 11 games played, winning only 2 and losing 6, with a total of 8 goals scored and 14 goals conceded. Out of doors is how the team has more difficulty in scoring, and this move to the Bernabeu, against a Real Madrid of wounded pride, does not tend to improve things. For this reason, Leganés should enter a more defensive posture, betting more on the counterattack, a kind of transition that has been giving him some points this season, and thus trying to take the eliminatory decision to his territory.
Real Madrid come here needing to redeem itself before their fans after being defeated at the hands of Real Sociedad on the last day. It is expected a game dominated by the home team, to enjoy more possession of the ball and more chances of goal, and with Leganés more closed and to risk in the counterattack. With the Merengue defense far from being organized, but with good individualities in front of attack, it is believed that the two teams manage to reach the goal.