Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, Bernabeu, 8.30pm, Friday
THERE has been the sense since Real Madrid were beaten in the Champions League semi-final by Borussia Dortmund that turmoil is coming to a boil.
Jose Mourinho seems to be losing more friends in the dressing room but he could still finish with a bang by winning a derby match in the Final of the Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid have won four of their last five, one of those wins being a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in a big La Liga clash.
Their draw at Espanyol on Saturday was the first they have not won in five matches in all competitions, having previously beaten Malaga, Valladolid, Dortmund and this weekend’s opponents Atletico But the most important thing is Real have won the last 10 matches against Atletico.
Mesut Ozil is set to return for Jose Mourinho’s side having missed the draw with Espanyol while Sergio Ramos and Marcelo look set to be available again after recovering from their respective problems.
Rapahael Varane is definitely out with a serious knee injury picked up at the weekend. Varane's injury could provide a reprieve for Pepe who has fallen out of favour after lashing out at Mourinho's treatment of club captain Iker Casillas.
Atletico Madrid have had a decent enough campaign and have definitely secured their place among Europe's elite in the Champions League next season.
They were pegged back by Barcelona on Sunday, conceding two late goals to lose 2-1 after Radamel Falcao had given them the lead early in the second half. It means Diego Simeone’s men have now won only one of their last four
Argentine Simeone, who helped Atletico to win their last cup as a player in 1996, has a full squad to choose from and in Brazilian striker Diego Costa has the tournament's leading scorer with seven goals.
Falcao has never been on the losing side in a major final and has never failed to score in one either and that will at least provide the Los Rojiblancos with some hope of achieving the impossible and winning this game. The Colombian striker has netted 28 Primera Division goals this term, almost half of the 62 Atletico scored.
Atletico actually have the best defensive record in La Liga by something of a country mile and therefore are capable of springing a surprise.
REAL MADRID (4-2-3-1): Lopez; Marcelo, Albiol, Ramos, Coentrao; Alonso, Modric; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain.
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis; Garcia, Gabi, Suarez, Koke; Diego Costa, Falcao.
Draw @ 4.68 pinnacle
Both teams to score @ 1.65 mybet
2-2 correct score @ 19.00 totesport
Falcao anytime goalscorer @ 2.75 skybet