Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
All eyes will be on RCDE Stadium when Espanyol and Celta Vigo go head to head in the Copa del Rey last 32. Los Periquitos must be high on spirits following a 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Catalan derby, and they are surely capable of matching Os Celeste on home soil. Vinicius Souza is available for selection despite being sent off at the weekend, while both Exposito and Puado are pushing for a start.
The likes of Bare, Gori, Keleosho, Lozano, and Pedrosa should miss out with injuries. Os Celeste, on the other hand, head into the mast following a 1-1 draw with Sevilla. The Galicians are desperate to secure yet another Primera Division survival, but they have big ambitions for Copa del Rey as well. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the horizon as Espanyol and Celta seem to be evenly matched at the moment. There are no fresh injury worries in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin Lecomte):
Benjamin Lecomte is a French goalkeeper who started playing football at the age of six. Lecomte was born in Paris on April 26, 1991 and in 1997 he joined Arcueil Municipal football academy. After spending eight years at the club he joined Antony Sports in 2006 and four years later he moved to Niort. Finally, he continued his footballing development at Lorient.
The 186-cm-tall shoot-stopper played 22 games Lorient B before making his first-team debut in October 2010 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against AS Monaco. In January 2011 Benjamin Lecomte signed a professional contract with les Merlus and it has to be noted that he made 119 appearance in the league for the club from 2010 to 2017.
In 2017 he moved to Montpellier, signing a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Montpellier goalkeeper has 2 caps for France U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team.
Highlighted Team (Celta Vigo):
Celta de Vigo is a Spanish football club from Vigo in the Galicia region. The club was founded in 1923 after a fusion between Real Club Fortuna de Vigo and Real Vigo Sporting. From 1997 until 2003 Celta de Vigo managed to become a strong team in the Primera Division. Highlight was season 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the knock out stage of the Champions League but in the same season the team got downgraded to the Segunda Division.
Celta de Vigo hosts it’s home games in the Estadio Balaidos stadium which holds a capacity of 31 8000 seats. The club colors of Celta de Vigo are baby blue and white. The club is known by the nickname Celtinas and their biggest rival is Deportivo la Coruna which is from the same region as Celta de Vigo.
The biggest achievement of Celta de Vigo is winning the Intertoto cup in 2000 and reaching the final of the Copa del Rey in 1948, 1994 and 2001. Known players that wore the Celta de Vigo jersey are Jordi Cruyff, Diego Costa, Sasa Illic, Makelele, Nene and Sylvinho.