Copa Del Rey Round of 16 Preview

Monday, January 7th, 2019

By Jonathan Willis
Copa Del Rey Round of 16 Preview

Unlike other national cup competitions, Spain’s Copa Del Rey does not have a history of David’s beating Goliath. That’s due in part to Spain’s national body limiting the number of teams that can participate in the event and due in part to Spanish football as a whole. The country has always been top-heavy in terms of the number of elite teams, and that has made the task for smaller clubs even tougher. Entering the Copa Del Rey Round of 16, there is just one non-La Liga side left, second-division Sporting Gijon.

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The Round of 16 will be played over the course of two legs. These legs will be home and away over the next week.

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  • Sporting Gijon vs. Valencia
  • Date and Time: January 8, 2019, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: El Molinon, Gijon, Spain
  • Betting Line: Valencia -0.5, O/U 2.5
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Unlike La Liga teams that entered this competition in the previous round, Sporting Gijon have now played three separate rounds to make it this far. Gijon were able to knock off two other Segunda Division clubs in the two previous rounds, and they got the better of La Liga side Eibar 3-1 over two legs.

This is not the Valencia that has consistently been one of the top teams in La Liga. This year’s version is sitting in 12th in the league standings, and they have really struggled on the offensive end. Valencia have just 16 goals in 18 matches, so this inability to score has led to draws in the majority of their games. They have had a really hard time on the road with just two wins and six goals in nine games.

Real Madrid vs. CD Leganes

  • Date and Time: January 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
  • Betting Line: Real Madrid -1.5, O/U 3

Over the past four years, Real Madrid have not cared much about the Copa Del Rey. They have sat a number of their starters for this competition, and that has led to Real not advancing past the quarterfinals in any of the past four seasons. They have a new manager this time in Santi Solari, but he is not likely to shake things up considering the injuries that the club has suffered this season.

Meanwhile, Leganes have proven themselves in this competition before. Just last year, Leganes made a spectacular run all the way to the semifinals of the Copa Del Rey despite narrowly missing out on relegation for each of the past two seasons.

Levante vs Barcelona

  • Date and Time: January 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • Betting Line: Barcelona -1.5 and -2, O/U 3.5 and 4

No club has dominated this competition like Barcelona over the past half-decade. The Blaugrana have won four straight Copa Del Rey titles, and they now have won 30 titles over the course of their history. They are out to win as many trophies as possible, and they are going to play a lot of starters here.

As for Levante, they are in a very difficult spot. They were hammered 5-0 by Barcelona at home just three weeks ago, and they know they are big underdogs here. It will take a lot for Levante to get a result here.

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Barcelona is the only favorite I’ll be backing in these three games. I think Leganes have a great chance of getting a result against Real Madrid considering Real’s attitude towards this competition in recent years, while Gijon can hold the line against Valencia. The draw is a great bet in that game, while taking Leganes on the goal line is the better play in the Bernabeu.

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