Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Real Betis and Sevilla face each other at Estadio Benito Villamarin in the Copa del Rey last 16. Los Beticos head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano, and seeing that they rolled over Real Valladolid 3-0 in the Copa del Rey last 32, Manuel Pellegrini’s troops are surely capable of matching Sevilla in front of home fans. Both Willian Jose and Martin Montoya are sidelined with injuries for the home team.
The visitors, on the other hand, head into the Seville derby following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Getafe. Considering that Julen Lopetegui’s troops are on a three-game winning run in all competitions, we are tempted to put our money on draw. The likes of Jules Kounde, Suso, Erik Lamela, and Jesus Navas are all out of contention with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Willian José):
Well-travelled Brazilian international Willian Jose was born in Porto Calvo and made his first football steps at a local Clube de Regatas. It was at the age of 17 that he was snapped by Gremio Barueri where he made 26 league appearances and scored six goal in his first – and only – senior season at the club.
In 2011, Willian Jose moved to Deportivo Maldonado but his five-year stint with the Uruguay outfit was marked by no less than seven different loan spells, one of which was to La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid. Standing at 186cm tall, Willian Jose is a notable presence in the box. This powerful centre forward will use his physicality to hold up ball and bring his teammates into play.
The Brazilian international did well to make a name for himself in Spain by playing for Zaragoza and Las Palmas, respectively, before he sealed a permanent move to Real Sociedad in 2016. A member of both FIFA U-20 World Cup and South American Youth Championship winning sides with Brazil in 2011, Willian Jose has not been given a chance to prove his worth at the senior level with Selecao.
Highlighted Team (Sevilla):
Sevilla Futbol Club is a Spanish football club from the city Andalucia. The club is playing in the Spanish Primera Division and is playing his home games in Estadio Ramo Sanchez Pizjuan. An impressive venue with the capacity to hold 45 500 football fans. The biggest rival of Sevilla FC is city rival Real Betis Sevilla.The current second team of Sevilla is called Sevilla Atletico and is playing in the Segunda Division B. Nicknames for Sevilla are Los nervionenses and Los Rojiblancos.
Sevilla won the Spanish title once in 1946. In Spain Sevilla won the Copa del Rey 4 times. In European competitions the team had more success. The club managed to win the Europa League 4 times and is currently the most successful club in the Europa League.
The most remarkable players that played for Sevilla FC are: Suker, Zamorano, Alves, Ramos, Rakitic and the legendary Diego Maradona.