Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Wednesday’s football game at Las Pistas del Helmantico pits together Unionistas and Elche, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in the Copa del Rey. Unionistas are undefeated in the previous six games in all competitions, which is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Elche. The lower-league side eliminated Algeciras in their Spanish Cup opener, but they will have a mountain to climb in Wednesday’s clash.
Los Franjiverdes aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Valencia, and they will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways. Elche boss Paco Rodriguez should opt to make changes to the starting XI, with all Benedetto, Carrillo, Milla, Josan, and Gumbau pushing for a start. Both Bigas and Mojica are likely to miss the game with injuries, while all Tete Morente, Barragan, Marcone, Fidel, and Mascarell are likely to drop to the bench.
Highlighted Player (Lucas Perez):
Lucas Perez is a Spanish footballer who plays for Deportivo La Coruna as a striker. Lucas Perez was born in La Coruna on 10 September, 1988 and he started his youth career at Alaves. Between 2007 and 2009 he played for Atletico Madrid C and in 2009 he signed for Rayo Vallecano.
Lucas Perez scored 25 goals in 44 appearances for los Vallecanos, but he played no more than seven matches for the first team. In 2011 he joined Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv, but two years later he moved to PAOK, where he played 32 league games for the Greek outfit (scoring nine goals).
Lucas made it to the Greek Football Cup final with PAOk in the 2013/2014 season, but Panathinaikos emerged triumphant in the title game. On 12 August, 2015, Lucas signed a four-year deal with his home-town club Deportivo La Coruna and he impressed in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, scoring 17 goals for the Galician outfit.
Highlighted Team (Elche):
Established in 1923, Elche is a Spanish club that competes in La Liga. Los Franjiverdes welcome their rivals at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, the stadium which can hold up to 33,732 spectators. The venue was opened on September 8, 1976.
Elche wear white shirts with green stripe and white shorts when playing at home, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The club’s biggest success came in 1969 as Elche made it to the Copa del rey final. Los Franjiverdes faced Club Atletico de Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final, with the Basques winning the match by one goal to nil.
The likes of Mario Pasalic, Ivan Bolado, Garry Rodrigues, Goran Djorovic, Albert Nadj, Wakaso, Moha, Carlos Sanchez, Ioan Andone, Enzo Roco, Dominique Malonga, Richmond Boakye, and Sory Kaba are some of the notable players who were part of the team in the past. Elche have never represented Spain in European competitions.