Copa Del Rey Preview – TuesdayNovember 30, 2017
The round of 32 comes to its conclusion tonight as the final ten teams fight it out for a place in the last 16, here’s what’s coming up.
Alaves will host Getafe just 12 days after losing 4-1 to the Madrid side at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on league duty. However it’s the Basques who lead this tie going in to tonight’s second leg.
A late header from Christian Santos gave the Babazorros a one goal advantage to take with them back to Vitoria and they will be hopeful of getting the job done.
After defeat to Eibar at the weekend, Alaves sacked manager Gianni De Biasi and so are managerless going into the game.
Getafe coach Jose Bordalas on the other hand is returning to the club with whom he achieved promotion in 2015/16 and expects a warm welcome on his return, “I expect a good reception because I am a person who did a good job, I was recognized, and I always had a good relationship with the club.”
Espanyol take on La Liga 1|2|3 side Tenerife with the tie still wide open after a 0-0 draw in the first leg.
Los Pericos played on Monday night, winning 1-0 at home to Getafe so may well be more tired than their opposition, but are still favourites to progress.
Tenerife boss José Luis Marti confesses if he had to pick he would rather win in Almeria in league duty on Sunday, than in Catalonia this evening but is only focused on tonight’s game.
“I focus on the Copa game. I do not think further. If you give me a choice, I prefer to win in Almería, but that does not enter my head. The only thing that comes in is to try to get the pass to the next round of the Copa del Rey and, from there, recover the players so that on Sunday they are able to compete.”
Ponferradina will look to replicate the performances of fellow Segunda B sides Lleida Esportiu and Formentera who knocked out La Liga opposition in Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao last night.
They take a 1-0 lead to the Estadio de la Ceramica after Sergio Cidoncha’s strike at El Toralin last month but Villarreal won’t sit back this evening as they look to avoid another big shock.
At the Benito Villamarin, Real Betis will be aiming to finish the job they began so well as they host Cadiz.
A Sergio Leon double helped the Beticos to a 2-1 win away at the Segunda side and they should be comfortable enough tonight to get through to the last 16.
They will look at shock defeats for Malaga, Sociedad and Bilbao and want to make sure that they don’t fall into the same trap.
It will be a tough game however as their opponents are unbeaten since the last meeting, winning four and drawing just once against Rayo Vallecano and will be looking to cause an upset.
Elsewhere, Valencia welcome Real Zaragoza to the Mestalla looking to get through with ease.
Late goals from Dani Parejo and Rodrigo earned Los Che a 2-0 win at La Romareda and the unbeaten La Liga side will expect a similar result tonight given that Zaragoza have won just once in their last five games since that defeat.
6:00pm Alaves vs Getafe 6:30pm Espanyol vs Tenerife 6:30pm Villarreal vs Ponferradina 8:30pm Real Betis vs Cadiz 8:30pm Valencia vs Real Zaragoza