Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Estadio Ciudad de Valencia will host Copa del Rey game between Levante and Barcelona. Levante failed to win previous four league fixtures, with the conceding 13 goals in total in those matches. Los Levantinos are eager to claim a major scalp in the last 16 of the Spanish Cup, but beating Barca is easier said than done. The Catalan giants did well to beat Getafe on the road in their last league game, with the team cementing top position in the La Liga standings. Leo Messi is likely to be rested in Thursday’s football game in Valencia, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we predict that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Barca are high on confidence ahead of the Copa del Rey last 16 first leg and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Antonio Luna):
Antonio Luna is a product of Sevilla football academy. The pacey left back was born in Son Servera, Spain on March 17, 1991 and he made his senior debut with Sevilla B. Antonio Luna made 32 appearances in the league for the reserve team, while playing 21 games for los Sevillanos in the Spanish top flight. After ending his loan spell with Mallorca in 2013, Luna moved to England and signed a three-year deal with Aston Villa. It has to be noted that the Spanish footballer found the net for the Villans on his Premier League debut in a 3-1 win over Arsenal. After making 17 appearances in the English elite division for the Villa Park outfit, he returned to Spain in 2015, signing a deal with Eibar. Antonio Luna scored one goal in 41 appearances for los Armeros before joining fellow La Liga side Levante in 2017. You should know that Luna has five caps for Spain U20 team.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.