Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Real Betis and Athletic Club face each other at Estadio Benito Villamarin in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Los Beticos did well to beat Real Sociedad 3-1 after extra-time in the last 16, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s football match. Even though Bartra, Bravo, Camarasa, Martin, and Rodriguez remain in the recovery room, we predict that the hosts are going to find the net in the Spanish Cup clash.
The Lions, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Barcelona, when they failed to turn their dominance into the equalizing goals in the second half of the match. The Basques have always been taking Copa del Rey games very seriously, and seeing that new boss Marcelino helped the team improve offensively, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Both Balenziaga and Nolaskoain are likely to miss the match with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Cristian Tello):
Cristian Tello is a pacey winger who made a great progress during his with Barcelona youth team. The “La Masia” product played for the Catalan giants at senior level as well and he made his debut for the Camp Nou outfit in a 1-0 win over L’Hospitalet (Copa del Rey) on November 9, 2011.
Tello scored 11 goals in 59 appearances for Barca in the Spanish top flight and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Porto and Fiorentina on loan from 2014 to 2016. In the summer of 2017 he returned to Spain, signing a deal with Real Betis for a fee of €4 million. Cristian Tello is well known for his speed and brilliant technique and he is likely to play an important role in Quique Setien’s team in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign.
The former Barcelona man made his debut for Spain national football team on August 14, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Ecuador and he represented La Roja at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):
Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division. The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral).
Since 2013 the club is playing in anew stadium. Athletic Bilbao is known for its rivalry with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid was founded by Bask students in Madrid. The old relationship between both teams is visible in the red blue jerseys of both teams.
The second team Athletic de Bilbao is playing in the Segunda Division B in Spain. Athletic Bilbao won the Primera Division 8 times, the Copa del Rey 24 times, the Spanish super cup 2 times. Athletic de Bilbao didn’t won any prizes in Europe yet but managed to be the runner up in 1977 and 2012 in the UEFA cup.