Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Formentera eliminated Athletic Club in the Spanish Cup last 32 and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of the two-legged tie against Deportivo Alaves. The Segunda B team aim to make yet another miracle in Copa del Rey, but Wednesday’s football match against the Basque outfit will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Anyhow, Formentera are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg. Deportivo Alaves are fully focused on the national championship as their La Liga status is in great danger and that is the main reason why away win should not be considered. Alaves coach Abelardo is unlikely to field the best possible side against Formentera and, taking everything into account, we predict that the two teams are going to play out a draw at Estadio Municipal in the first leg.
Highlighted Player (Mubarak Wakaso):
Former Villarreal man Mubarak Wakaso played for several Spanish sides in the past. After ending his spell with Elche in 2011 he joined Villarreal B and he made 17 appearances for the first team in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign. At the end of the season he moved to fellow Spanish outfit Espanyol, penning a four-year contract. The Ghanaian midfielder played for Las Palmas in the 2015/2016 season and it has to be noted that he was part of Rubin Kazan, Celtic and Ashanti Gold in the past as well. On 10 July, 2016 Mubarak Wakaso signed a three-year deal with Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee. Wakaso represented Ghana at the U17 World Cup in Peru and he played two games for the Black Stars in the group stages of the showpiece tournament. He made his debut for the first team on 13 October, 2012 in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Malawi. You should bear in mind that his younger brother Alhassan plays football as well.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves are a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016. The colour of Alaves’ home kit is blue and white and the club’s local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the club’s biggest success. Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy.