Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Real Betis will be aiming to book their spot in the Copa del Rey last 16 when they face lower-league side Ibiza Islas Pitiusas on Thursday. Los Beticos played out a goalless draw with Athletic Club at the weekend, but they are seen as hot favourites to win the Spanish Cup game. Centre-back Luis Felipe is available for selection despite being sent off in the last league match, while Edgar Gonzales is back from suspension.
All Joaquin, Juanmi, and Willian Jose should be recalled to the starting XI. Meanwhile, the hosts aim to claim yet another major scalp in Copa del Rey after shocking Eibar in the previous round. Anyhow, David faces Goliath at Estadi Municipal de Can Misses, and anything but a routine away win would be a big surprise. The two teams meet for the first time ever in the Spanish Cup.
Highlighted Player (William Carvalho):
Angola-born defensive midfielder William Carvalho has overseen a dramatic rise in his stock over the past few seasons at Sporting. William Carvalho is coming from a proper football family since his father and grandfather were also footballers, but his way to the top has had a somewhat dramatic twist to it.
Carvalho moved to Portugal as a child and first started playing football in the streets before he was picked up by Recreativos Desportivos de Algueriao. William Carvalho joined the Sporting football academy at the age of 13 The 24-year-old Portugal star player has spent two years on loan at Fatima and Cercle Brugge, before he got the chance to cement his place in the starting line-up for Portuguese giants.
William Carvalho came through all youth ranks with the Portugal national team, while he was given his senior debut in 2013. Carvalho played an important role in his country’s maiden European Championship title in France over the summer.
Highlighted Team (Betis):
Real Betis Balompie, better known as Real Betis, is a Spanish football club from the city Sevilla and is currently active in the Primera Division. The club hosts its home games in Estadio Benito Villamarin which holds a capacity of 57 000 spectators. The club colors of the club from Andalucia are green and white.
Real Betis is known for its rivalry with Sevilla CF. The Sevilla derby is one of the biggest in Spanish football.The most famous nickname of Real Betis is Verdiblanco’s which literally mean Greenandwhite.
The club from Sevilla had its biggest succes in 1935 where the club managed to win the Primera Division fort heir first and last time. In 1977 and 2005 Real Betis won the Copa del Rey. The biggest succes in Europe was in season 1977/1978 and 1997/1998 where the club got knocked out in the quarter final.
Famous players that ever wore the green white kit are: Denilson, Ricardo Oliveira, Finidi George, Gerrie Muhren and Ricardo.