Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
All eyes will be on Estadio El Molinon when Sporting Gijon and Real Betis face each other in the Spanish Cup last 32. Los Rojiblancos set up a meeting with los Beticos by beating the likes of Quintanar and Amorebieta, but they face a difficult task in Sunday’s clash against the La Liga side. Sporting Gijon defeated Fuenlabrada 2-1 in their last home game in Segunda Division, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Real Betis.
The Andalusians, on the other hand, did well to beat Huesca in their last league match. Los Beticos have been producing fine displays on the travels of late, and seeing that boss Manuel Pellegrini is once again likely to field a descent starting XI, we are tempted to put our money on the Primera Division side. Borja Iglesias is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Diego Marino):
Diego Marino is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Sporting Gijon. The 185-cm-tall shoot-stopper was born on 9 May, 1990 in Vigo and he played for the likes of Santa Marina, Rapido Bouzas, Sardoma, Areosa and Villarreal during his youth career. Between 2008 and 2010 he played for Villarreal C and in 2010 he started playing for Villarreal B.
Marino made 72 appearances for Villarreal B and in 2012 he joined the first team. He was not Villarreal’s first-choice goalkeeper in the 2012/2013 campaign and he made no more than nine appearances for the Yellow Submarine. In the 2015/2016 season he played for Levante, but following their relegation to Segunda Division, Diego Marino decided to sign a deal with Sporting Gijon on 1 July, 2016.
The goalkeeper has 6 caps for Spain U-21, while playing 3 games for Spain U23. It has to be noted that he won UEFA U-21 Championships in 2011 and 2013 with La Furia Roja. Back in 2007 he made it to the FIFA U-17 World Cup final with the Spanish national team.
Highlighted Team (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.