Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Malaga and Granada face each other in the Andalusian derby in the Copa del Rey. Malaga have been having their ups and downs in Segunda Division this season, and, as a result, they sit in the 11th place in the standings after 21 rounds. Los Boquerones are tough to beat at home, but they face a difficult task in Sunday’s showdown. Granada, on the other hand, kicked off their Copa del Rey campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Leonesa.
Los Granadinos defeated the Segunda Divison B side after extra time, and seeing that Diego Martinez’s troops are not regarded as good travellers, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Jesus Vallejo returns to the starting line-up after missing the La Liga game against Osasuna through suspension. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the ards at Estadio La Rosaleda.
Highlighted Player (David Lomban):
David Lomban was born in Aviles, Asturias on 5 June, 1987 and he began his senior career at Valencia. The 185-cm-tall defender played 37 matches for Valencia B and he made no more than three appearances for the first team. After spending the 2009/2010 season on loan at Salamanca, he joined Xerez in 2010 and two years later he signed for Barcelona B.
David Lomban played just one season for the Catalan outfit in Segunda Division and then he decided to take a bigger step towards a brighter future as he joined La Liga side Elche. After making 62 appearances for the club, he signed a three-year contract with Granada on 10 August, 2015. Lomban played 31 games for los Granadinos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, but he failed to find the net for the Andalusian outfit in the top flight.
David Lomban’s contract with Granada expires on 30 June, 2018. Speaking of his international career, the Granada defender has 11 caps for Spain U17 and he played one match for Spain U20 team as well.
Highlighted Team (Granada):
Granada are an Andalusian football club that plays in Spanish La Liga. The club were founded on 14 April, 1931 and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. El Grana, though, booked their place in the Spanish Cup final in 1959, but Barcelona proved to be a big catch for the Andalusian outfit.
Granada host their rivals at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, the stadium that was built in 1995. The capacity of the stadium is 23,934. Granada’s main rivals are fellow Andalusian team Sevilla, but Real Betis are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well.
The likes of Yacine Brahimi, Juan Aguero, Gustavo Benitez, Pahinho, Denis Milar, Julio Montero Castillo, Capi, Cesar and Jose Mingorance are famous players that were part of the Estadio El Sadar outfit in the past. The original colour of Granada’s kits were blue and white, but after the Spanish Civil War the club chiefs bought new ones (red and white).