With three wins on the bounce secured, Real Madrid will look to make it four from four and seal their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey when they travel to Girona.Santiago Solari’s side downed their hosts 4-2 at home a week ago to put one foot firmly into the final rounds of the tournament.Eusebio Sacristan’s outfit have the chance to make history, however, and reach the last four for the first time ever. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With a two-goal advantage, this should be a formality for Madrid – but the magic of the cup works in strange ways. Game Girona vs Real Madrid Date Thursday, January 31 Time 8:30pm GMT / 3:30pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be streamed or broadcast. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Girona players Goalkeepers Bounou, Iraizoz Defenders Juanpe, Espinosa, Muniesa, Ramalho, Alcala, Garcia, Porro Midfielders Pere Pons, Aleix Garcia, Granell, Douglas Luiz, Portu, Borja Garcia, Carnero, Valery Forwards Stuani, Lozano, Doumbia Girona starting XI: Iraizoz; Porro, Ramalho, Bernardo, Muniesa, Raúl Carnero; Granell, Douglas Luiz, Paik; Choco Lozano y Stuani. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Courtois, Luca, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez, Odriozola Midfielders Modric, Casemiro, Jaume, Ceballos, Valverde, Brahim, Isco, Asensio, Llorente Forwards Vazquez, Vinicius Jr, Cristo, Bale, Mariano Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Ceballos, Llorente; Benzema, Vinicius Jr, Vazquez.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are priced by bet365 at odds of 7/10 to take the win, while a draw is available at 16/5. Espanyol are also priced at 16/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview With their chances of domestic success in La Liga slowly slipping away as champions Barcelona keep the gap at 10 points, the Copa del Rey is increasingly looking like Real Madrid’s best chance of silverware on home soil this season.Los Blancos already, to many, have one foot in the semi-finals, alongside the Blaugrana, Valencia and Real Betis, after they delivered a commanding 4-2 win over Girona last week.But Santiago Solari’s side will be wary of a prospective upset at the hands of their fellow top-flight hosts, despite holding a two-goal advantage.The visitors will be forced to contend without the presence of talismanic captain Sergio Ramos in defence, with the Spaniard having netted a double seven days ago to help his side to that win at the Santiago Bernabeu.Madrid have also slipped up against allegedly inferior opposition on multiple occasions this season, with a loss to Leganes still likely ringing in their ears.Girona could sniff a chance to write some history of their own as a result, with the club having never reached the last four in the history of the Copa del Ray.Eusebio Sacristan’s team haven’t taken any major scalps this season but nor have they disgraced themselves either, grinding out draws against both Barca and Atletico.They will be forced to do so without several key faces however, chief among them Johan Mojica. The Colombia international, who featured at the World Cup in Russia last year, remains among those injured for the hosts.
“It is becoming clearer with every large-scale crisis and with the protracted nature of others, that the way we have been doing business is not sustainable,” said Valerie Amos, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Ms. Amos made this stark observation in a wide-ranging address in New York kicking off the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) three-day Humanitarian Affairs segment, an annual platform for Member States, UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss new and pressing humanitarian issues.The theme of this year’s meeting is: “The future of humanitarian affairs: Towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness.” “International humanitarian assistance is at a crossroads. The way we work must change,” declared Ms. Amos, noting that more and more people are affected by crises that are increasingly complex and protracted. Moreover, the cost of responding to these crises is escalating rapidly.Against such a backdrop, she called for greater action to foresee emergencies, prevent them and mitigate their effects. “And we need to do more to address the underlying drivers of conflict and protect people in the midst of them,” she added. Ms. Amos drew the Council’s attention to the conflicts in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan and the widening crisis in Iraq as examples of the urgent for humanitarian assistance, saying that such crises, as well as devastating natural disasters, will continue to proliferate and to worsen due to factors such as growth population, poverty and the effects of climate change.She said the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, the UN World Summit on Disaster Reduction to be held in 2015 asn well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among other forums, offer opportunities to consider these challenges and designing new ways of working in humanitarian aid.In addition, the discussions this week in ECOSOC also would also provide an opportunity to address these crucial issues, including, among others, the necessary changes in the delivery of humanitarian aid, note Ms. Amos.