Atlético Madrid have made a habit of early Copa del Rey exits in recent seasons, so will they be on the wrong end of another here?
Los Colchoneros haven’t won this trophy since 2013, suffering embarrassing defeats at the hands of Cultural Leonesa and Cornellà in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
In La Liga, Diego Simeone’s team currently sit fourth, following a narrow 2-0 victory over the league’s bottom club Elche last Thursday.
João Félix and Álvaro Morata on target at Cívitas Metropolitano.
Having ended-up rock bottom of their Champions League group in autumn, a Copa del Rey run should be a priority for Atleti.
Hosts Real Oviedo though will believe they can cause a famous upset.
Los Azules are one of Spain’s fallen giants, having been all the way down to fourth-tier since their 13 year stay in La Liga came to an end in 2001.
Right now, Oviedo are enjoying an eighth successive season in the Segunda División, but are currently 14th.
In the Copa del Rey, Álvaro Cervera’s team have so far ousted Gimnástica de Torrelavega, requiring extra time, and then Granada to set up this glamour tie.
The 30,000+ capacity Estadio Municipal Carlos Tartiere sold out in minutes, so can the Oviedo faithful roar their team onto victory?