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Copa Del Rey Preview – Tuesday

The Copa del Rey is back over the next three days with the Round of 32 second legs and you can keep up to date here at La Liga News UK with previews and round ups of all three nights.

On Tuesday night Real Madrid will host third tier Fuenlabrada in their second leg as they look to progress as expected.

Penalties from Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez secured a 2-0 win in the away leg and boss Zinedine Zidane is expected to ring the changes to give his league starters a rest.

Indeed only eight players from Saturday’s squad against Malaga are in the final 19 tonight.

Gareth Bale returns from injury however and is expected to make his return in the second leg.

Segunda B side Fuenla are unbeaten since August, excluding the first leg, but are massive underdogs against Los Blancos.

Kick off at the Bernabeu is at 8:30pm UK time.

There are two early kick offs on Tuesday evening with Leganes and Malaga of La Liga hosting Valladolid and Numancia of the Segunda.

Leganes won 2-1 in the away leg at the Estadio Jose Zorilla with second half goals from Diego Rico and Claude Beauvue enough to sneak past their lower league hosts who have a goal to take to Madrid with them after Antonio Cotan’s strike in the first leg.

The Butarque side’s manager Asier Garitano confirmed in his press conference on Monday that the hosts will be without Serantes, Omar, Martin, Mauro, Siovas and Brasanac through injury. He will take 16 players and Daniel Gallardo from Leganes B into the game.

Malaga however face Numancia knowing they have work to do after a shock 2-1 defeat away from home last month.

The Andalucian side were not in the best of form going into that first leg and lost to two stoppage time goals from Nacho and Alberto Escasi after Recio had put them ahead.

Since then they have won their first two league games, beating Celta and Deportivo and go into this game on the back of a narrow 3-2 defeat away to Real Madrid on Saturday.

Manager Michel has left out Keko Gontan, Roberto, Paul Baysse and Chory Castro alongside the injured Juan Carlos, Recio, Federico Ricca, Miguel Torres and Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

The final two games kick off alongside the game at the Bernabeu and are both all La Liga clashes with Celta Vigo hosting Eibar and Girona travelling to take on Levante.

Celta have the upper hand on their visitors tonight having beaten Eibar in both league and cup away from home.

Their 2-1 success in the first leg came courtesy of goals from Gustavo Cabral and John Guidetti and the Galicians are hot favourites to progress despite Eibar’s recent good form.

Levante defeated Girona 2-0 in the first leg with Emmanuel Boateng and Christian Doukoure scoring their goals in Catalonia.

The Valencian side of course head into the match as favourites to progress but Girona have already won at the Ciutat de Valencia in the league and will hope to replicate that success this evening.

Tuesday’s Fixtures

6:30pm  Leganes vs Valladolid                                                               6:30pm  Malaga vs Numancia                                                                 8:30pm  Celta Vigo vs Eibar                                                                   8:30pm  Levante vs Girona                                                                 8:30pm  Real Madrid vs Fuenlabrada

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