Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A spot in the Copa del Rey final will be at stake when Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano go head to head at Estadio Benito Villamarin in the Copa del Rey semis, return leg. Los Beticos are with one foot in the Spanish Cup final, but they need to defend their slim lead (2-1) in front of home fans. Manuel Pellegrini’s troops suffered a 2-1 loss in the Seville derby at the weekend, but they are surely capable of matching los Vallecanos on home soil.
Juanmi is back from suspension, while Juan Miranda, Martin Montoya, Lainez, Camarasa, and Rodri should miss out with injuries. Experienced attacker Willian Jose is widely expected to return to the starting XI. The capital club, on the other hand, produce much better showings at home than on the travels, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Andalusians. Both Lopez and Merquelanz continue to miss out for the visiting side.
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 (Rayo Vallecano):
Rayo Vallecano is a Spanish football club from the Valleas neighbourhood in Madrid and are founded in the year 1924. The club is playing in the Primera Division since 2011 after being in active in the lower divisions for a longer period of time. Rayo Vallecano currently plays it’s home games in the Teresa Rivero Stadium which is also known as the Nuevo Vallecas stadium and holds a capacity of 15 500 seats. The Nuevo Vallecas stadium is one of the smallest ones in the Primera Division. The club colors of Rayo Vallecano are white and red and is also known as Los Vallecanos. Rayo Vallecano is known for it’s ultra’s which are radical left winged political sided.
In the clubs history Rayo Vallecano never won any big prizes. The biggest achievement was in 2000 when the club qualified for the UEFA Cup after winning the Fair Play spot. Rayo Vallecano was one of the biggest surprises in Europe that season and even managed to get to the quarter finals where Rayo got eliminated by Deportivo Alaves. There are a lot of famous players that played for Rayo Vallecano during their career such as: Julen Lopetegui, Jordi Figueras, Victor Onokpo and Ismael Urzaiz.