Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A place in the Copa del Rey semis will be at stake when Espanyol and Real Betis face each other in the two-legged tie. Espanyol play host to Real Betis at their RCDE Stadium in the first leg and a close encounter is on the horizon. It is well known that los Periquitos are tough to beat at home, but Thursday’s football match against los Beticos will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Andalusian side showed character in a 3-2 win over Girona at the weekend, with Sergio Canales scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the dying seconds of the match. However, Real Betis often struggle on the travels, which is the main reason why we predict they are going to share the spoils with Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Highlighted Player (Hernan Perez):
Hernan Perez is a 27-year-old Paraguayan winger who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol in Spanish La Liga. Perez was a late bloomer having built up his career for two different youth clubs before finding his feet with Tacuary.
He made his top division debut in 2007 with them and was subsequently signed by fellow league side Club Libertad. But a serious right knee injury limited his game time at Libertad where he rarely appeared for the capital club. Perez’s redemption came at Spanish club Villareal in 2009 where he quickly established himself in the main squad.
Last year, he joined Espanyol and started showing glimpses of his skills. Perez was one of the best players for Paraguayan under-20 team at the 2009 South American Championship helping them finish in second place. His full senior debut came in the next year when he was selected to the 2011 Copa America. So far, Perez has won 26 caps.
Highlighted Team (Real Betis):
Real Betis Balompie, better known as Real Betis, is a Spanish football club from the city Sevilla and is currently active in the Primera Division. The club hosts its home games in Estadio Benito Villamarin which holds a capacity of 57 000 spectators. The club colors of the club from Andalucia are green and white.
Real Betis is known for its rivalry with Sevilla CF. The Sevilla derby is one of the biggest in Spanish football.The most famous nickname of Real Betis is Verdiblanco’s which literally mean Greenandwhite.
The club from Sevilla had its biggest succes in 1935 where the club managed to win the Primera Division fort heir first and last time. In 1977 and 2005 Real Betis won the Copa del Rey. The biggest succes in Europe was in season 1977/1978 and 1997/1998 where the club got knocked out in the quarter final.
Famous players that ever wore the green white kit are: Denilson, Ricardo Oliveira, Finidi George, Gerrie Muhren and Ricardo.