Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Against all odds, Levante recorded a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16. Los Levantinos aim to defend their slim lead at Camp Nou, but that is easier said than done. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde rested several first-team regulars in the 2-1 loss to Levante, but seeing that he is going to field the best possible side this time out, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Leo Messi should lead the line for Barca this time out and we predict that the Argentine superstar is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Los Levantinos face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match and we are positive that they are going to return to Valencia empty-handed. Yet another man to watch in the home side will be Luis Suarez, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late.
Highlighted Player (Gerard Pique):
Gerard Pique is a Spanish footballer who was born in Barcelona on 2 February, 1987. He is married to famous Colombian singer Shakira and they have two sons Milan and Sasha. Pique is a product of La Masia, the Barca’s youth academy, but he started his senior career at Manchester United.
He returned to his boyhood club in 2008 and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since. The 193-cm-tall footballer is a centre back who is good in the air. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing a defensive midfielder if needed. Pique won his sixth La Liga trophy with Barca in the 2015/2016 season and in 2008 he has three Champions League titles with the Catalan giants as well.
During his spell with Manchester United, Gerard Pique won the Premier League trophy (2007/2008) and he helped the Red Devils win the Champions League trophy the same season. Speaking of his international career, the Barcelona defender won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain, while lifting the European Championship trophy two years later.
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.