Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Wednesday’s Copa del Rey game at Estadio Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez pits together Tenerife and Real Valladolid, the two teams with the same ambitions in the 2019/2020 season. The two teams aim to secure the Segunda Division and the La Liga survivals respectively, meaning that they will be fully focused on the leagues in the remainder of the season.
Tenerife booked their place in the last 32 of the Spanish Cup by beating Mensajero and Rayo Majadahonda, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Real Valladolid. La Pucela did well to hold Osasuna to a goalless draw at the weekend, with the team extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards as Ruben Baraja’s men are tough to beat at home. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two sides played out a goalless draw.
Highlighted Player (Óscar Plano):
A Madrid-born attacking midfielder, Oscar Plano was given a unique opportunity not many footballers get at the beginning of their fledgling careers. As a talented youngster making his first football steps with a local side of Mostoles, Oscar Plano was soon grabbed by mighty Real Madrid.
Having spent eight years going through youth setups of the La Liga heavyweights, Plano was given his competitive debut at Real Madrid C in 2010. A season later earned him a promotion to Real Madrid’s B setup where in three seasons in total he made 63 league appearances and scored 7 goals. Having become fully aware that a chance to represent one of the biggest clubs in the world might be unachievable, Oscar Plano moved to Alcoron in 2014.
More than a 100 matches in three years at Santo Domingo made him one of the key players for Los Alfareros. The Spanish midfielder made a great contribution with helping Valladolid secure promotion to Spanish top flight in 2017/18 with 44 La Liga 2 appearances and 6 goals.
Highlighted Team (Valladolid):
Real Valladolid is a Spanish club based in Valladolid, the part of the autonomous community of Castille and Leon. Founded in 1928, Real Valladolid play their home matches at Jose Zorilla, the venue that has the capacity 26,512. La Pucela have yet to win the La Liga title, but it is important to note that they finished fourth at the end of the 1962/1963 season.
Real Valladolid made it to the Spanish Cup final on two occasions (1949/1950, 1988/1989). In 1984 they won Copa de la Liga (League Cup), which is considered the team’s biggest success. Speaking of their European records, Real Valladolid participated in the 1989/1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
La Pucela are well known for their purple and white shirts, but they are known for some top-class footballers as well. The likes of Diego Costa, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Borja Fernandez, Rene Higuita, Luis Garcia and Aritz Aduriz played for Real Valladolid in the past.