Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A spot in the Copa del Rey semis will be at stake when Real Sociedad and Real Betis take on each other at Reale Arena on Thursday evening. La Real did well to beat Atletico Madrid in the previous round, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the Basque outfit. Alexander Isak should be recalled to the starting XI, while all Zubimendi, Fernandez, Monreal, and Barrenetxea miss out with injuries.
Los Beticos, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late, with the team beating the likes of Alaves (4-0) and Espanyol (4-1) in style. Both Lainez and Guardado are on international duty, while Claudio Bravo and Montoya are sidelined with injuries. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we predict that the winner will be decided after extra-time.
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 (Betis):
Real Betis Balompie, better known as Real Betis, is a Spanish football club from the city Sevilla and is currently active in the Primera Division. The club hosts its home games in Estadio Benito Villamarin which holds a capacity of 57 000 spectators. The club colors of the club from Andalucia are green and white.
Real Betis is known for its rivalry with Sevilla CF. The Sevilla derby is one of the biggest in Spanish football.The most famous nickname of Real Betis is Verdiblanco’s which literally mean Greenandwhite.
The club from Sevilla had its biggest succes in 1935 where the club managed to win the Primera Division fort heir first and last time. In 1977 and 2005 Real Betis won the Copa del Rey. The biggest succes in Europe was in season 1977/1978 and 1997/1998 where the club got knocked out in the quarter final.
Famous players that ever wore the green white kit are: Denilson, Ricardo Oliveira, Finidi George, Gerrie Muhren and Ricardo.