Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Athletic Club play host to Levante at their Estadio San Mames in the Copa del Rey semis. The Lions showed character in the Spanish Cup quarter-finals, with the team beating Real Betis on penalties. Athletic Club are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and seeing that they are one of the most successful clubs in the history of Copa del Rey, home win should be considered. Raul Garcia returns from a domestic ban, while Villalibre, Nolaskoain, and Munain are all likely to miss the match with injuries.
Los Levantinos, on the other hand, do not enjoy playing at San Mames, with the team losing each of their previous three encounters with Athletic in Bilbao. Since Levante are not regarded as good travellers, we are tempted to put our money on the Basque outfit. Both Campana and Vukcevic are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Dani Garcia):
After spending his youth career at Real Sociedad, Dani Garcia made his senior debut for Alicante B. He made 29 appearances for the first team as well and in 2011 the Spanish midfielder joined Getafe B. Despite being a Real Sociedad player between 2012 and 2014 he spent two years at Eibar on loan, scoring one goal in 79 appearances for the club.
Dani Garcia made his debut in La Liga on 24 August, 2014 in a 1-0 win over his boyhood club Real Sociedad. On 26 June, 2014 he signed a permanent deal with Eibar, which expires in June, 2018. In July, 2015 his market value was €4 million. Dani Garcia has yet to play for the Spain national team, but he made his debut for the Basque Country.
The Eibar footballer plays as a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Dani Garcia was born in Zumarraga, Spain on 24 May, 1990.
Highlighted Team (Levante ):
Levante Union Deportiva is a Spanish football club from the city Valencia and is playing in the highest Spanish football division since 2010. The club is the second biggest of Valencia after the very known football club Valencia CF. The Valencia derby is one of the most hectic football games in the region. The nickname of Levante UD is Las Granotes which literally means the frogs. The club host it’s home games in the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium which holds a capacity of 26 000 seats. The club colors of Levante are blue and red.
The biggest success of Levante UD was in 1937 where the club won the Copa del Rey. Other prizes Levante won in lower divisions are the Segunda Division A in 2004 and the Seguda Division B in 1999. Famous players that played for Levante are Johan Cruyff, Sergio Garcia, Arveladze and Juanfran.