Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Sevilla in La Liga, Real Madrid will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Girona at their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish Cup quarter-finals, first leg. Los Blancos regained a much-needed confidence and seeing that Girona are not regarded as good travelers, home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Luka Modric, who found the net for the capital club in the 2-0 victory over Sevilla. The Catalan side did well to shock Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, but we do not believe that they are capable of claiming yet another major scalp in the Spanish Cup. Real Madrid have slim chances of winning the La Liga title, therefore, we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football game.
Highlighted Player (Sergio Ramos):
Over the years Sergio Ramos has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world. The Spanish footballer was born in Camas on 30 March, 1986 and he is a product of Sevilla’s youth academy. He made 39 league appearances for Sevilla and he played 26 games for the reserve team as well from 2003 to 2005.
In the summer of 2005 Sergio Ramos signed a deal with Real Madrid for a fee of €27 million and it has to be noted that he made 33 appearances for the capital club in the 2005/2006 La Liga campaign. The 183-cm-tall full back is capable of playing as a right back as well and, as a result, he often scores for Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos helped Real Madrid win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016) and he has three La Liga titles with los Blancos. The Spanish defender won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with la Furia Roja, while clinching Euro 2008 and 2010 titles with the Spanish national team as well.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.