Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Athletic Club will be looking to defend their four-goal lead in the tie against Huesca when the two teams face each other at Estadio El Alcoraz on Thursday evening. The Lions proved their worth in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in the last 16 of the Spanish Cup. The Basques are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the return leg, but seeing that Huesca have little to play for in Thursday’s football match, away win should be considered. Athletic Club coach Eduardo Berizzo is likely to mix the squad against Huesca, but he has a number of local and talented players to choose from, who are likely to emerge triumphant in the return leg. You should know that the hosts are on a 15-game winless run in all competitions ahead of the visit of the Lions.
Highlighted Player (Gonzalo Melero):
Gonzalo Melero is a Spanish footballer born in Madrid on January 2, 1994. Melero’s main position is attacking midfielder, but he plays as a central midfielder as well. The Spaniard started his youth career at Zona Norte and in the summer of 2004 he was spotted by Real Madrid scouts. Melero did not hesitate and he joined the famous Spanish club.
In the 2013/2014 season the 183-cm-tall midfielder played for Real Madrid C, scoring 7 goals in 37 appearances for the team in the process. The following season he played for Real Madrid B, but he made no more than 6 appearances for Castilla in Segunda Division. In 2015 he decided to change the club, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with fellow Segunda Division side Ponferrardina.
Despite establishing himself as a first-team regular with la Ponfe, Gonzalo Melero joined Huesca on July 27, 2016. The Spanish midfielder impressed in the 2017/2018 season with Leo Franco’s troops, scoring 16 goals in 38 appearances in the process.
Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):
Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division. The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral).
Since 2013 the club is playing in anew stadium. Athletic Bilbao is known for its rivalry with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid was founded by Bask students in Madrid. The old relationship between both teams is visible in the red blue jerseys of both teams.
The second team Athletic de Bilbao is playing in the Segunda Division B in Spain. Athletic Bilbao won the Primera Division 8 times, the Copa del Rey 24 times, the Spanish super cup 2 times. Athletic de Bilbao didn’t won any prizes in Europe yet but managed to be the runner up in 1977 and 2012 in the UEFA cup.