Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A spot in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals will be at stake when Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid face each other at Reale Arena on Wednesday evening. The Basques set up a meeting with Atletico by beating Leganes on the road, but they will have a mountain to climb in the last 16. Important attacker Alexander Isak is unlikely to recover in time to face los Rojiblancos as he limped off with injury in a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo at the weekend, while Fernandez, Monreal, and Barrenetxea are out of contention with injuries.
Portu is widely expected to replace Isak in the starting XI. Diego Simeone’s troops, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from the Spanish Super Cup loss to Athletic Club. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards in San Sebastian, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Jose Gimenez is banned for the visitors following his sending off in the loss to Athletic.
Highlighted Player (Mikel Oyarzabal):
Intelligence is not an attribute you will find in Mikel Oyarzabal’s stats with Real Sociedad but this tricky winger is a highly knowledgeable winger who will use both brain and feet while playing. For a player born in Eibar, who made his first steps in his hometown club, it was always going to be a choice between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad for Oyarzabal.
La Real saw their chance and grabbed this gem of a player at a young age, helping him develop into a proper professional throughout their youth ranks. Mikel Oyarzabal has spent the entirety of his senior career with the Basque behemoths where he’d use his ability to fill in a number of positions up top much to his own benefit.
Oyarzabal’s positioning and movement are work of a tactical genius, whereas it is his nous to find details to exploit that best define him as a player. Having come through the youth categories of the Spanish national team, Oyarzabal also has a senior cap next to his name. It was in 2016 that he also represented the Basque region, scoring on his debut to cap a 3-1 win over Tunisia.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy.
Los Rojiblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football.
Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.