Our football match prediction:
A place in the last 16 of the Spanish Cup will be at stake when Levante and Girona face each other at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Tuesday evening. Los Levantinos did well to beat the Catalan side 2-0 on the road in the first leg, but their job is half-done. The hosts need to take the reverse fixture very seriously if they are to avoid shocking elimination in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Tuesday’s football match. Girona have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Levante in the return leg, but we do not believe that they are capable of overcoming the deficit. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict the two teams will share the spoils at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. When the two teams meet in La Liga earlier in November Girona recorded a 2-1 win over Levante.
Highligted Player (Raul Fernandez):
Born in Bilbao, Spain on March 13, 1988 Raul Fernandez is a 196-cm-tall goalkeeper who plays for La Liga side Levante. Fernandez played for the youth team of his home-town club Athletic Bilbao from 1998 to 2006 and he began his senior career at fellow Basque outfit Basconia. After making 29 appearances for the club in the 2006/2007 season Raul Fernandez returned to Athletic Bilbao in 2007 and it has to be noted that he played 19 games for the reserve team. After spending the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 seasons on loan at Conquense and Granada respectively the Spanish shoot-stopper started playing for Athletic Bilbao at senior level, but he made only five appearances for the Lions in La Liga. In 2013 Raul Fernandez was loaned to Numancia and after ending his loan spell with los Rojillos he moved to Raving Santander. Nowadays the Basque footballer is a part of La Liga team Levante and you should know that he managed to keep 17 clean sheets in 33 appearances for los Levantinos in the 2016/2017 Segunda Division campaign.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, Girona finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286. Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well. The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.