Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Real Sociedad did well to bear Lleida Esportiu on the road in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 32 and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead in Wednesday’s football match at their Estadio Municipal de Anoeta. Over the years the Basques have turned their stadium into a real fortress and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win the return leg. Real Sociedad have always been taking Copa del Rey games very seriously and we predict coach Eusebio Sacristan is going to field the best possible side against Lleida Esportiu in the reverse fixture. The Segunda B side do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of the trip to San Sebastian and they are likely to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be Brazilian attacker Willian Jose, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Xabi Prieto):
Xabi Prieto was born in San Sebastian and he plays for his home-town club Real Sociedad. He is a product of Real Sociedad’s youth school and there is every chance he will end his career at Anoeta. Xabi Prieto was born on 29 August, 1983 and he made his La Liga debut for La Real on 26 October, 2003 in a 1-0 win over Osasuna. He played probably the best match of his career against Real Madrid on 23 May, 2004 as he scored a brace for the Basques in a 4-1 win over los Blancos. Prieto impressed in the 2012/2013 La Liga campaign as he scored nine goals for Real Sociedad in 35 league appearances for the club. He has five caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team. Xabi Prieto plays as a midfielder and he wears number 10 on his shirt. It is well known that Xabi is a penalty kick specialist.