Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals will be at stake when Leganes and Villarreal face each other in the two-legged tie. Leganes made a flying start to the season, but they do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. The capital club recorded only one win in previous seven league fixtures and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Villarreal, on the other hand, have been raising their form week by week and they head into Thursday’s football match following back-to-back wins over Celta Vigo and Valencia. The Yellow Submarine aim to get their job done in the first leg and we predict the visitors will go all guns blazing at the hosts in the Estadio Municipal de Butarque clash. Leganes recorded a 3-1 win over Villarreal earlier this term, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Gabriel Pires):
Gabriel Appelt Pires is a Brazilian footballer who play for Leganes in Spanish La Liga. Pires is a product of Vasco da Gama’s youth school, but he made his senior debut at Resende. In 2012 he signed for Juventus for a fee of €2 million, but he was immediately sent on loan to Pro Vercelli. After spending several seasons on loan at Pro Vercelli, Spezia, Pescara and Livorno he signed a loan deal with Leganes for the 2015/2016 Segunda Division campaign. The 183-cm-tall midfielder scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Leganes in the Spanish second tier and, as a result, the club chiefs decided to sign a permanent deal with him. Gabriel is an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well. His brother Guilherme is a football player as well. Gabriel is a left-footed player, while his brother prefers playing with his right foot. They were born in Resende, 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.