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Real Zaragoza vs Cadiz - Match Preview

17 Oct 2018 Ed Mackey SPAIN: Copa del Rey
SPAIN: Copa del Rey

Real Zaragoza

  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L

vs

Kick-off
19:00 GMT
17 October 2018

Cadiz CF

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Kick-off
19:00 GMT 17 October 2018

The international break might be over but for some teams, it didn’t affect their footballing schedule. Two of those teams face off in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening as Cadiz travel to Real Zaragoza hoping to make the fourth round.

STATS

  • Real Zaragoza were considered an established La Liga side not so long ago but they’ve struggled in recent years and find themselves well down the pecking order in the Segunda division. They are 14th in the table and 10 points away from the automatic promotion places after just nine matches. They narrowly beat Deportivo 2-1 in the second round of this competition.
  • Cadiz have had a poor start to the season and already find themselves in the relegation zone and in serious danger of going down. They are 20th with just seven points from their opening nine games. They scored an injury-time winner in the last round as they knocked out Tenerife, who are a couple of places above them in the table.
  • Zaragoza haven’t found a prolific scorer yet this term which might explain their struggles. Alvaro Vazquez is their leading scorer in the league with three goals.
  • Alex is Cadiz’ top scorer also with three but two of those have come from the penalty spot, representing their failure to score regularly from open play.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have played each other four times in this division with all of the meetings coming in the last two seasons. Cadiz have won three of those with the other ending as a draw which won’t fill Zaragoza with confidence. Both fixtures last season finished 2-0 to Cadiz following a 3-0 win and a 1-1 draw in the 2016/17 campaign. The last time Zaragoza managed to overcome Cadiz was in La Liga back in 2005 and they are yet to beat them at home.

REAL ZARAGOZA NEWS

Progression to the next round is vital for the hosts as they will be put into the pot with all the big boys from the top-flight. They must put recent league disappointment behind them if they are to have a decent cup run this season.

Latest matches: Real Zaragoza

13.10.2018 LaLi Numancia CD Real Zaragoza 1:0 L
08.10.2018 LaLi Real Zaragoza CA Osasuna 1:1 D
28.09.2018 LaLi Albacete Balompie Real Zaragoza 2:2 D
22.09.2018 LaLi Real Zaragoza CD Lugo 0:2 L
16.09.2018 LaLi UD Almeria Real Zaragoza 2:1 L

CADIZ NEWS

With Cadiz in all kinds of relegation trouble, it might be wise for them to place their whole focus on league fixtures but they will field a team that is desperate to advance.

Latest matches: Cadiz CF

12.10.2018 LaLi UD Extremadura Cadiz CF 2:1 L
07.10.2018 LaLi Cadiz CF Gimnastic de Tarragona 1:1 D
29.09.2018 LaLi Tenerife CD Cadiz CF 1:0 L
23.09.2018 LaLi Cadiz CF Alcorcon AD 0:2 L
17.09.2018 LaLi Albacete Balompie Cadiz CF 1:1 D

SUMMARY

With home advantage and better form this season, Real Zaragoza have to be considered slight favourites despite their poor record with Cadiz. Neither team has been in particularly good goalscoring form so backing under 2.5 goals could be a good bet.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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