Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Rayo Vallecano and Leganes, the two capital clubs, face each other at Estadio de Vallecas in what is expected to be a very interesting game. The two teams played out a 2-2 draw at Estadio Municipal de Butarque in the Copa del Rey last 32, first leg and yet another close encounter is on the cards. It is well known that Rayo are tough to beat at home and seeing that they defeated Eibar in front of home fans in their last home game in the Spanish top flight, we believe that the hosts are going to advance to the last 16 of the Spanish Cup. Leganes did well to beat Real Valladolid 4-2 on the road in their last league match, but beating Rayo Vallecano at Estadio de Vallecas is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Jordi Amat):
As a product of Espanyol’s youth academy, Jordi Amat started his career with the club’s B side in the Spanish third division back in 2009/10 season. It was not too long before Amat was fast-tracked into the first team and managed to grab a starting place for the Barcelona-based club.
The Spanish centre-back fell out of favour in 2012 and was initially sent out on a loan spell with Rayo Vallecano before Espanyol decided to part ways with him and sell him to Swansea City in 2013. Having arrived at the Liberty as a 21-year-old, Amat signed a four-year deal to become another Spanish acquisition of Michael Laudrup who continued to raid La Liga following the success stories of Michu, Chico and Jonathan de Guzman.
Jordi Amat went on to record 73 appearances in all competitions during his three-year stay with Swansea City. In 2018 he returned to Spain – signing a deal with Rayo Vallecano – after a season spent on loan at Real Betis.
Highlighted Team (Leganes):
Leganes are a Spanish football club that have mostly been playing in lower leagues. Los Pepineros play their home games at Batarque (Madrid) and the capacity of the stadium is just 8,138. Leganes secured their promotion to the Spanish La Liga for the first time ever in 2016 and, no doubt, that is considered the club’s biggest success.
Leganes’ bitterest rivals are fellow capital club Getafe and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the South Madrid derby.
The colour of the team’s home kit is white and blue, whilst their away kits are green. The likes of Pierre Webo, Samuel Eto’o, Ivan Zarandona, Jose Chamot, Catanha, Ruben Falcon, Jordi Lardin and Pedro Lago are famous players who were part of the Batarque outfit in the past. Lady Maria Victoria Pavon is the first female president in the history of the club and she has been in charge of the club since 2009.