The Copa Del Rey 2014 Final takes place on Wednesday night with an El Clasico clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona. This should be a mouthwatering encounter between the two Spanish giants, and even though it could go either way this game is sure to be another classic thriller.
The game is scheduled to start at 3.30 p.m. ET, and will take place in Valencia. The game can be watched online through a live stream link (details below).
The big pre-game news is that Real Madrid star player Cristiano Ronaldo is out and will not play in today's final. That loss will be a massive blow to Real, as he undoubtedly helps to stretch opposition defenses and provides a type of threat that no other player on the team can provide.
However, despite acknowledging the loss of not having such a world class player available, manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that he expects his team to remain competitive and still to have a great chance at winning the cup. Indeed, Real have actually lost only once this season in the 10 games that Ronaldo has been absent from the team, showing that they are much more than a one man team.
A lot of focus will be on how record signing Gareth Bale will fare today. He has been in great form recently, finding the net regularly and causing all sorts of problems for opposition defenses. He can be a threat himself, but has also acted as a feeder for other attacking players to score.
Some have been criticizing Bale for not having as much impact in the bigger games Real have had this season, and this will be a good opportunity to tackle those critics.
Today's El Clasico game between Real Madrid and Barcelona will start at 3.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.