Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
After shocking Atletico Madrid in the previous round, Cultural Leonesa will be looking to claim yet another major scalp in the Copa del Rey when they take on Valencia at Estadio Municipal de Leon. The Segunda B side are undefeated in the previous nine games in all competitions, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of the visit of Valencia. Los Che, on the other hand, did remarkably well to beat Barcelona in the La Liga derby at the weekend, with Maxi Gomez once again proving his worth.
The Argentine attacker, who has netted nine goals so far this season, is likely to prove a handful for Cultural Leonesa defenders in Wednesday’s football match. To make things even better for Alberto Celades’ troops, key attacker Rodrigo has overcome his injury. Anyhow, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the La Liga side.
Highlighted Player (Ezequiel Garay):
Ezequiel Garay is an Argentine defender who plays for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. Garay was born on 10 October, 1986 in Rosario, Argentina and he began his senior career at his hometown club Newell’s Old Boys. After making 14 league appearances for the Argentine outfit, Garay moved to Spain in 2005, signing a deal with Racing Santander.
Real Madrid scouts quickly spotted the Argentine defender and on 18 May, 2008 he joined the Spanish giants. Garay made 31 league appearances for Real Madrid and in 2011 he signed a contract with Benfica. He played for the Eagles from 2011 to 2014 and then he moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg. In the 2016 summer transfer window he returned to La Liga, signing a deal with Valencia.
Speaking of his international career, Garay was part of Argentine U-20 team that won the FIFA World Cup in Netherlands. The Argentine footballer made his debut for the national team on 22 August, 2007 in a 2-1 loss to Norway.
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.