Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A place in the Copa del Rey semis will be at stake when Granada and Valencia face each other at Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes on Tuesday evening. Los Granadinos continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, and you should bear in mind that they are after their third consecutive home win on home soil. Experienced attacker Roberto Soldado failed to find the net in a 2-1 win over Espanyol, but he is likely to lead the line for the hosts against his former club.
Los Che are a real force to be reckoned with at home as well, but their away record is anything but good. Centre-back Ezequiel Garay, who suffered a serious injury in a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo, is out of contention, with Mouctar Diakhaby likely to replace him. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Soldado):
Roberto Soldado is regarded as one of the most famous footballers in the history of Villarreal. The meaning of his surname in Spanish is “the warrior” and it has to be noted that he began his football career at Real Madrid, playing from the B team between 2002 and 2006. The pacey attacker made 16 appearances and scored two goals for the first team, but he was producing the best performances of his career during his three-year spell at Valencia.
Soldado scored 59 goals in 101 appearances for los Che, but in 2013 he signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £26 million. The Spanish attacker, who was born on 27 May, 1985 in Valencia, scored for the Spurs on his debut in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, but he netted the goal from the penalty spot.
Soldado failed to impress in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign with Tottenham and, as a result, he was sold to Villarreal on 14 August, 2015. Speaking of his international career, the Villarreal attacker made his Spain debut in June, 2007 against Latvia.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.