Gareth Bale
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is still a transfer target for Manchester United.Getty

Real Madrid will take on Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey clash at Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday evening.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is at 7pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 1 HD, Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD.

Overview

The first leg at Vicente Calderon saw Diego Simeone's side seal a 2-0 victory over their derby rivals last midweek. Atletico have the advantage coming into Thursday's fixture and they would be pushing for a win when they visit the Bernabeu.

Real dominated the game in terms of possession, but the Copa del Rey winners were unable to put the ball past the Atletico keeper. They need to score at least three goals and also maintain a clean sheet in order to win the two-legged tie and hope to stay alive in the competition.

After winning 22 games in all competitions, Real suffered two defeats in a row against Valencia – in the league – and Atletico. The 10-time European champions bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Espanyol.

Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic will lead his side in the Copa del Rey clash against Real Madrid.Getty

The tie against Atletico will be the first game where Cristiano Ronaldo will feature after winning his third Ballon d'Or earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the Rojiblancos suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona at Nou Camp last weekend. Atletico will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat against Real on Thursday and a win will help them progress to the last eight of the Copa del Rey.

What Managers Say

Carlo Ancelotti: "Aggression means working hard to get the ball back when you don't have it, aggression means running fast to block an opponent's cross, aggression means marking effectively at set pieces. Aggression in football is an important word and also a positive one."

Diego Simeone: "Atletico is getting closer all the time to where it wants to be. I think we have more possession this year and that is something that all coaches like. But possession also lets the opponent settle and I like it if it serves to unsettle. But if it makes you lethargic then I don't like it so much."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Real Madrid to win: 8/15
  • Draw: 10/3
  • Atletico Madrid to win: 5

Team Form

Real Madrid

  • Last Five (all competitions): W L L W W
  • Last Result: Real Madrid 3-0 Espanyol

Atletico Madrid

  • Last Five (all competitions): D W W W L
  • Last Result: Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Team News

Ronaldo and Bale
Ronaldo reacted furiously with Bale at the missed opportunity.Reuters

Real Madrid

Possible XI: Casillas; Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao; Isco, Kroos; Bale, Rodriguez, Ronaldo; Benzema

Atletico Madrid

Possible XI: Moya; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Gamez; Gabi, Tiago Mendes; Turan, Griezmann, Koke; Mandzukic