Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Villarreal will be looking to bounce back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Espanyol when they face Girona at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey. The Yellow Submarine failed to grab something from the game against the ten-man Periquitos, but they are surely capable of beating the Segunda Division side in the Spanish Cup.
A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Carlos Bacca, who scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Comillas in Villarreal’s Copa del Rey opener. Girona, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in the Segunda Division play-offs. The Catalans are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but away win should be considered as the visitors want this win more than the hosts. In their last meeting at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi Villarreal defeated Girona 1-0.
Highlighted Player (Christian Stuani):
Cristhian Stuani is considered one of the best Uruguay attackers. Stuani was born on 12 October, 1986 and he began his senior career at Danubio. He impressed with the Uruguayan outfit, scoring 23 goals in 36 appearances for the club and, as a result, he became a target for a number of top European clubs.
In 2008 he signed a contract with Reggina, but he failed to impress in 17 appearances for the Italian team. After spending the 2012/2013 season on loan at Espanyol, Christian Stuani signed a permanent deal with the Catalan side in 2013. Stuani scored 12 goals in 37 league appearances for Espanyol in the 2014/2015 Primera Division campaign, but at the end of the season he moved to Middlesbrough for a reported €3 million fee.
The 186-cm-tall striker made his Uruguay debut on 14 November, 2012 in a friendly win over Poland. Stuani also represented la Celeste at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.