Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan when Sevilla and Valencia face each other in the Copa del Rey last 16. Los Sevillanos recorded a routine 3-0 win over Cadiz in their last league match, and they are seen as hot favourites to beat los Che in the Spanish Cup. Boss Julen Lopetegui is likely to mix the squad against Valencia, with De Jong, Idrissi, and El Haddadi all pushing for a start. Escudero and Rodriguez remain in the recovery room.
Javi Gracia’s troops, on the other hand, defeated Alcorcon on the road in the Copa del Rey last 32. Los Che are not enjoying a season to remember, and seeing that Sevilla are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Julen Lopetegui’s troops. Denmark international Wass returns from a domestic ban, while goalkeeper Cillessen remains on the sidelines through injury.
Highlighted Player (Diego Carlos):
Diego Carlos Santos Silva is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Nantes as a defender. His main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. Diego Carlos began his youth career at America-SP and in 2010 he moved to Desportivo Brasil. After spending the 2012/2013 season on loan at Sao Paulo, the 185-cm-tall defender returned to Desportivo Brasil.
However, he made his first-team debut with Madureira during his spell with the club (2014). In 2014 Diego Carlos signed a contract with Portuguese club Estoril Praia and he scored two goals in 39 appearances for the Primeira Liga club. It has to be noted, though, that he played for Porto B (on loan) in the 2014/2015 season.
Diego Carlos moved to French club Nantes in the summer of 2016 and you should bear in mind that he quickly established himself as a first-team regular with les Canaris. The Brazilian footballer scored two goals in 34 appearances for Nantes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. His contract with the Ligue 1 side expires on June 20, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.