Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
RCDE Stadium will host Thursday’s football match between Espanyol and Levante. The two teams face each other in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16 and seeing that only two points separate the two teams in the La Liga standings, a close encounter is on the horizon. Espanyol have been playing below expectations in the Spanish top flight this season, but they proved their worth in a 3-2 (on agg.) win over Tenerife in the Copa del Rey last 32. Los Periquitos are tough to beat at home and seeing that a win over Levante will help them regain a much-needed confidence, we are tempted to put our money on Quique Sanchez Flores’ men this time out. Los Levantinos have been struggling in front of goal of late and you should bear in mind that they failed to score in four of their last five league fixtures.
Highlighted Player (Victor Sanchez):
Victor Sanchez began his senior career at Barcelona, playing eight games for the Catalan giants in La Liga. He played for Barca B and Barca C in the past as well, but in 2011 he signed a two-year deal with Swiss side Neuchtatel Xamax. In the 2012 winter transfer window Sanchez returns to Spain, but this time out he joined Barca’s local rivals Espanyol. The midfielder, who is capable of playing as a defender as well, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with los Periquitos and he has been playing for the club ever since. Victor Sanchez won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies in the 2008/2009 season with Barcelona. He has yet to make his Spain debut, but he has three caps for Catalonia. Victor Sanchez made seven appearances for Barcelona in the 2008/2009 campaign. Sanchez has a contract with Espanyol, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The midfielder was born on 8 September, 1987 in Terrasa.
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 colours 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.