Copa Del Rey Preview – TuesdayJanuary 3, 2018
We are into the business of the Copa Del Rey as the first four round of 16 match ups start tonight. Here is what you need to know for tonight’s ties.
Atletico Madrid will be looking to avoid a shock as they face Segunda B side Lleida Esportiu. The Catalans shocked Real Sociedad in the last round, beating La Real 3-2 at the Anoeta.
Simeone’s side, however, pose a much sterner test with the possible return of Diego Costa. The Spanish forward was signed during the summer, but, couldn’t be registered due to a FIFA ban.
Atleti will likely field a strong side as they look to put the tie to bed before the return leg at the Wanda. Kick off is at 18:00
Alaves will also be looking to avoid a shock as they face another surprise opponent in the shape of SD Formentera.
The Segunda B side from the Balearic Islands knocked out Athletic Bilbao with a late winner and will be hoping lighting can strike twice by taking a lead to the Mendizorroza next week. Kick off tonight is at 18:00
Las Palmas and Valencia will be looking to put their league troubles behind them as they face each other in the only all La Liga tie tonight.
Las Palmas sit in the relegation zone while Valencia suffered their first two league defeats in their last four league games of 2017. It will be a home debut for Paco Jemez after he took over from caretaker coach Oritz Rivas. Kick off is at 20:00
The final fixture tonight sees Cadiz host Sevilla.
Its another managerial debut with Vincenzo Montella taking over from Eduardo Berizzo over the Christmas period.
Cadiz will be hoping to make it two from two after they knocked Sevilla’s local rivals Real Betis 5-3 in the previous round. Kick off at 20:00
Stay with La Liga News UK as we will have full roundup of all tonight’s games and a preview for tomorrow’s Copa fixtures.