Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Tuesday’s Copa del Rey game at Estadio El Molinon pits together Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano, the two old rivals. Sporting rolled over Numancia 3-0 in the last 64, and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Rayo. Keep in mind, though, that all Victor Campuzano, Axel Bamba, and Nacho Mendez are out of contention with injuries.
The capital club, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with Girona in their last game of 2022. Los Vallecanos are eager to kick off 2023 in style, but beating Gijon on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Both Catena and Valentin are back from suspension, while defender Ruben de Tomas remains on the sidelines with injury.
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.