NEWS | 30/11/2016 | Javier GarcíaThe Whites will be looking to extend their 31-game undefeated streak when they play host to Cultural Leonesa (7pm CET).
There's no let-up in the schedule during a busy end to the calendar year for Real Madrid. After having extended their advantage at the summit of LaLiga last weekend, Madrid now turn their attentions to the Copa del Rey, as the Whites play host to Cultural Leonesa in the second leg of their round-of-32 tie. In the wake of the 7-1 away triumph in the sides' first meeting, Zinedine Zidane's charges will be looking to secure their passage into the next round at the Santiago Bernabéu, just three days prior to contesting the first Clásico of the season at the Camp Nou.
Speaking in the build-up to the clash, Zidane insisted that, "We must respect Cultural and the fans who are going to come and cheer us on and try and put in a good performance". One of the major motivations for the Whites is the prospect of extending their exceptional unbeaten run. For the last time Real Madrid tasted defeat, we have to go all the way back to April. Since then, the record reads 24 wins and seven draws.
The game will represent an opportunity for Zidane to shuffle his pack and for several of the first-team regulars to be rested. The Whites' coach has named a 16-man squad for the clash, in which none of Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema feature. Zidane, who confirmed that Casemiro will play, has included Castilla players Álvaro Tejero, Enzo Zidane and Martin Odegaard in the squad.
Meeting of sides who are undefeated in their respective divisions
Despite the result in the first leg, Cultural come into the game with great excitement and the visitors be intent on making life tough for the Whites. Rubén de la Barrera's troops are enjoying an excellent season and remain unbeaten at the top of Segunda B Group I. This fixture will mark the third time that La Cultural visit Real Madrid. The first-ever meeting between the clubs came in the 1955/56 season (2-1) and this was followed a cup clash in 1959/60 campaign (5-0).