Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Real Betis and Real Sociedad take on each other at Estadio Benito Villamarin in the Copa del Rey last 16, first leg in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Los Beticos suffered a shocking loss to rock-bottom Huesca in their last league match, meaning that they are eager to grab something from the Real Sociedad game. Los Beticos are determined to represent Spain in European competitions for the second consecutive season and they are likely to take the Copa del Rey game against La Real very seriously. The Basques, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but seeing that los Beticos are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return to San Sebastian empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (William Carvalho):
Angola-born defensive midfielder William Carvalho has overseen a dramatic rise in his stock over the past few seasons at Sporting. William Carvalho is coming from a proper football family since his father and grandfather were also footballers, but his way to the top has had a somewhat dramatic twist to it.
Carvalho moved to Portugal as a child and first started playing football in the streets before he was picked up by Recreativos Desportivos de Algueriao. William Carvalho joined the Sporting football academy at the age of 13 The 24-year-old Portugal star player has spent two years on loan at Fatima and Cercle Brugge, before he got the chance to cement his place in the starting line-up for Portuguese giants.
William Carvalho came through all youth ranks with the Portugal national team, while he was given his senior debut in 2013. Carvalho played an important role in his country’s maiden European Championship title in France over the summer.
Highlighted Team (Real Sociedad):
Real Sociedad is as Bask football club from San Sebastian. The club is playing in the La Liga since 2010 after the club got relegated to the Segunda Division. Currently the club hosts its home games in the Anoeta Stadium which holds a capacity of 32 2000 seats.
Real Sociedad was founded on 17th of September 1909 as Sociedad de Futbol and was originally founded by English immigrants. Real Sociedad was one of the founders of the highest Spanish football division.
Starting from 1939 Sociedad de Futbol changed its name to Real Socidedad. Real Sociedad had the most success in the eighties where the club managed to win the title twice.Famous players that played for Real Sociedad are: Arteta, Beguiristain, Xabi Alonso and Griezmann.