Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
After failing to win previous five league fixtures, Girona will be looking to give fans some cheer when they host Atletico Madrid at their Estadio Municipal de Montilivi in the Copa del Rey last 16, first leg. The Catalan side have been having their ups and downs in the 2018/2019 La Liga campaign, but they are definitely capable of making life difficult for los Rojiblancos in front of home fans. Girona did well to share the spoils with Atletico Madrid in previous two meetings between the two teams in Catalonia and seeing that Diego Simeone is likely to mix the squad in Wednesday’s football game, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. The visitors are still without injured star Diego Costa, meaning that Croatia international Nikola Kalinic is likely to be deployed up front against Girona.
Highlighted Player (Pere Pons):
Pere Pons is a Spanish footballer who plays for Girona in Primera Division. Pere Pons was born in Sant Marti Vell on February 20, 1993 and he started playing for the youth team of Girona at the age of nine. The 177-cm-tall midfielder was making progress year by year and he totally deserved to make his first team debut with Girona on September 13, 2012 in a 2-0 loss to Sporting Gijon.
Three days later Pons played his first ever La Liga game as he came as a substitute for Garmendia in a 5-0 win over Las Palmas. Over the years, Pere Pons has established himself as a first-team regular at the Catalan outfit and he made 39 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Segunda Division campaign.
At the end of the season Girona secured promotion to La Liga and you should know that Pons made his La Liga debut in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on the opening day of the 2017/2018 season. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a central midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy.
Los Rojiblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football.
Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.