Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
All eyes will be on San Mames Barria when Athletic Club and Sevilla face each other in the first leg of the Spanish Cup last 16. The Lions have always been taking Copa del Rey games very seriously and we predict that coach Gaizka Garitano is going to field the best possible side against Sevilla. The Basques are tough to beat at home, therefore, we are positive that they are going to grab something from the first leg. Los Sevillanos, on the other hand, head into Thursday’s football match following a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid. Sevilla are enjoying a very successful season, but seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the two teams are going to play out a draw in the Basque Country. It has to be noted that under 2.5 goals have been netted in previous three meetings between the two teams in the Spanish top flight.
Highlighted Player (Iker Muniain):
Iker Muniain was once considered one of the most talented players in Spain, but he obviously failed to reach his full potential. Munian is an attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a forward as well and he began his youth career at Chantrea. In 2005 he made probably the best decision of his career as he joined Athletic Bilbao youth academy.
He made his debut for Athletic Bilbao on 30 July, 2009 in a 1-0 loss to Young Boys in the Europa League. Iker Munian impressed in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign with the Lions, scoring nine goals in all competitions, but he failed to make a bigger progress. The Athletic Bilbao product has been struggling with injuries and it has to be noted that the injury he suffered against Sevilla on 4 April, 2015 could have ruined his career.
However, he returned to action on 20 December, but he was playing below expectations in the second half of the season. Iker Munian made his Spain debut on 29 February, 2012 in a friendly against Venezuela. La Roja won the match 5-0 and Munian came as a substitute in the 74th minute of the match.
Highlighted Team (Sevilla):
Sevilla Futbol Club is a Spanish football club from the city Andalucia. The club is playing in the Spanish Primera Division and is playing his home games in Estadio Ramo Sanchez Pizjuan. An impressive venue with the capacity to hold 45 500 football fans. The biggest rival of Sevilla FC is city rival Real Betis Sevilla.The current second team of Sevilla is called Sevilla Atletico and is playing in the Segunda Division B. Nicknames for Sevilla are Los nervionenses and Los Rojiblancos.
Sevilla won the Spanish title once in 1946. In Spain Sevilla won the Copa del Rey 4 times. In European competitions the team had more success. The club managed to win the Europa League 4 times and is currently the most successful club in the Europa League.
The most remarkable players that played for Sevilla FC are: Suker, Zamorano, Alves, Ramos, Rakitic and the legendary Diego Maradona.