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Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid, 2014 Copa del Rey: Preview and TV schedule

The Copa del Rey rewards us with a Derbi madrileño semifinal.

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid begin their Copa del Rey semifinal with a first leg match at the Bernabéu on Wednesday. El Derbi madrileño are always spirited affairs but for the first time in awhile, Atlético enters as the better team having won the last two meetings between the teams.

Diego Simeone and Atléti moved to the top of La Liga over the weekend for the first time in 18 years and must now refocus for a tough cup challenge. Striker David Villa is unlikely to play after pulling up with a thigh muscle injury on Sunday, but there still should be plenty of weapons including Diego Costa who is back scoring after a month long drought to start the year.

Real Madrid enter the match having drawn over the weekend against Athletic Bilbao to remain in third place in the league. Cristiano Ronaldo will be available despite picking up a red card in that match. He'll learn his fate on Wednesday but any suspension will only effect league matches.

Real Madrid injuries and suspensions

Out: Sami Khedira (knee).

Atlético Madrid injuries and suspensions

Out: Filipe Luis (hamstring). In Doubt: David Villa (thigh).

David Villa is doubtful after pulling up late in the first half of Atlético's win over the weekend.

Projected lineups

Real Madrid: Iker Casillas,Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Fábio Coentrão, Xabi Alonso, Ángel di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema.

Atlético Madrid: 1Thibaut Courtois, Juanfran, Diego Godín, João Miranda, Emiliano Insúa, Raúl García, Koke, Cristian Rodriguez, Gabi, Diego Costa, Adrián

Match Date/Time: 8 p.m. local, 2 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain

TV: beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español (U.S.)

Online: beIN Sports Play (U.S.), beIN Sports Play (Canada)

Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid, 2014 Copa del Rey: Preview and TV schedule

This article originally appeared on SBNation.

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