Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
After shocking Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, Real Sociedad will be looking to move one step closer to winning Copa del Rey trophy when they host Mirandes at their Reale Arena. La Real are brimming with confidence ahead of the first leg as they defeated their local rivals Athletic Club in the Basque derby at the weekend. Sweden rising star Isak, who scored the winner against the Lions, is likely to lead the line for the hosts.
Mirandes, on the other hand, are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Segunda Division have defeated the likes of Celta Vigo, Sevilla, and Villarreal in front of home fans on their way to the semis, but spoiling Real Sociedad’s party in San Sebastian is easier said than done. Given la Real’s impressive home record, Andoni Iraola’s men are unlikely to claim yet another major scalp in the Spanish Cup.
Highlighted Player (Asier Illarramendi):
Asier Illarramendi is a product of Real Sociedad’s youth school. He played for Real Sociedad B between 2008 and 2011, scoring 7 goals in 93 appearances for the Basque outfit and he made his first team debut on 23 January, 2011 in a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal. After impressing with Real Sociedad in the 2012/2013 Primera Division campaign, Real Madrid chiefs decided to sign him on 12 July, 2013 for a fee of €32.2 million. Back then that was the highest amount paid by the club for a Spanish footballer, but he failed to impress at Real Madrid.
After spending two seasons at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Asier Illarramendi returns to Real Sociedad on 26 August, 2015 and he has been playing for the Anoeta outfit ever since. Asier Illarramendi scored one goal in 33 appearances for La Real in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
The talented midfielder has 16 caps for Spain U21 and it has to be noted that he represented La Furia Roja at the 2013 UEFA European Championship.
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.