Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Athletic Club and Real Sociedad face each other in the postponed Copa del Rey final. The Lions are on a three-game winless run ahead of the Basque derby, but it is well known that they have always been producing their best displays in the Spanish Cup games. Peru Nolaskoain, who has been tested positive for coronavirus, should be the only absentee in Marcelino’s team.
La Real, on the other hand, are eyeing their third Copa del Rey trophy. Imanol Alguacil’s men have been having their ups and downs of late, but they are surely capable of matching the fellow Basque outfit at Estadio de La Cartuja. A close encounter is on the cards in the decider, and we believe that punters can find value in betting on draw. The likes of Monreal, Guridi, Elustondo, Zaldua, Pacheco, Sola, and Sangalli are all likely to miss the game for the nominal visitors.
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 (Real Sociedad):
Real Sociedad is as Bask football club from San Sebastian. The club is playing in the La Liga since 2010 after the club got relegated to the Segunda Division. Currently the club hosts its home games in the Anoeta Stadium which holds a capacity of 32 2000 seats.
Real Sociedad was founded on 17th of September 1909 as Sociedad de Futbol and was originally founded by English immigrants. Real Sociedad was one of the founders of the highest Spanish football division.
Starting from 1939 Sociedad de Futbol changed its name to Real Socidedad. Real Sociedad had the most success in the eighties where the club managed to win the title twice.Famous players that played for Real Sociedad are: Arteta, Beguiristain, Xabi Alonso and Griezmann.