Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Real Betis take on Tercera Division side Antoniano in the opening match of their Copa del Rey campaign. Los Beticos made a slow start to the season, but their current form is anything but poor. Following three consecutive wins in La Liga, the Andalusians shared the spoils with Espanyol in Barcelona in their last league fixture. Rubi’s men are brimming with confidence ahead of their Spanish Cup opener.
Since the game will be played at Real Betis’ home ground Estadio Benito Villamarin, we are tempted to put our money on the La Liga outfit. Antoniano are fully focused on securing promotion to Segunda B, meaning that they are unlikely to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s showdown. When the two teams met in a friendly in 2014, Antoniano defeated Real Betis 3-2, meaning that the Andalusians are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Àlex Moreno):
Alex Moreno is a Spanish footballer who was born in Sant Sadurni on June 8, 1993. Moreno is a product of Vilafranca youth football school, but in 2011 he moved to Barca’s youth academy La Masia. During the 2012/2013 season the 179-cm tall winger played for Llagostera, with the Spaniard moving to Mallorca at the end of the campaign.
Alex Moreno then signed a four-year contract with fellow Spanish side Rayo Vallecano, making his La Liga debut on September 14, 2014. The pacey winger played for Elche on loan as well, scoring two goals in 40 appearances for los Franjiverdes.
Alex Moreno returned to Rayo in 2016 and he has been playing for los Vallecanos ever since. Moreno’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a left-back as well. His contract should expire on June 30, 2019, but it has the option for a further year. Moreno wears No. 7 jersey at Rayo Vallecano.
Highlighted Team (Betis):
Real Betis Balompie, better known as Real Betis, is a Spanish football club from the city Sevilla and is currently active in the Primera Division. The club hosts its home games in Estadio Benito Villamarin which holds a capacity of 57 000 spectators. The club colors of the club from Andalucia are green and white.
Real Betis is known for its rivalry with Sevilla CF. The Sevilla derby is one of the biggest in Spanish football.The most famous nickname of Real Betis is Verdiblanco’s which literally mean Greenandwhite.
The club from Sevilla had its biggest succes in 1935 where the club managed to win the Primera Division fort heir first and last time. In 1977 and 2005 Real Betis won the Copa del Rey. The biggest succes in Europe was in season 1977/1978 and 1997/1998 where the club got knocked out in the quarter final.
Famous players that ever wore the green white kit are: Denilson, Ricardo Oliveira, Finidi George, Gerrie Muhren and Ricardo.