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Espanyol vs Athletic Club

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Preview:

Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao face off at Power8 Stadium on this match of the 2nd leg of the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. The first leg ended with a one goal draw.

Sergio Gonzales’s team is 8th on the league with 32 points. On the 5 last games at home Espanyol registered 4 wins.

On the other side, Bilbao has an impressive away record having not lost any of the 5 last games. They are now the 10th place squad with 30 points.

The head-to-head history favours the home team slightly. On their last 10 matches Espanyol has won 5 and lost 2.

Analysis of Espanyol

Sergio Gonzales will probably adopt the usual 4-4-2 privileging direct football and set pieces, utilizing a low defence to take advantage of any fast break.

For these fast breaks, the key players are Vazquez and Sevilla, they storm down the wing with controlled pace in order to deliver deadly crosses into the opponent’s box.

On the mid field, the key player is Victor Sanchez, the Spanish midfielder is the main ball retriever and the first line of the team’s offensive construction.

Probable Starters: Pau López; Arbilla, Moreno, Colotto, Fuentes; Vázquez, Javi López, Sánchez, Sevilla; Sergio García, Stuani. 
Coach: Sergio González


Confirmed Lineup: Pau López, Álvaro González, Arbilla, H. Moreno, Fuentes, Víctor Álvarez, Víctor Sánchez, Cañas, Sergio García, C. Stuani, Lucas Vázquez.
Coach: Sergio.

Analysis of Athletic Club

Ernesto Valverde will probably adopt a 4-2-3-1 system privileging ball possession and organized attacking thorough the flanks. It is expected that the visiting squad will attack from the kick-off trying to get a goal and get back on the race for the qualification.

The star of the team is the Spanish Iker Muniain, a magnificent ball carrier. The winger will be the main supplier of goal opportunities for the striker Aduriz.

On the mid field the highlight is Benat. Together with being the responsible for the team’s attack, the Spanish is essential at recovering the ball and disarming the opponents.

Probable Starters: Iago; Iraola, Etxeita, Gurpegi, Aurtenetxe; San José, Benat, Susaeta, De Marcos, Muniain; Aduriz. 
Coach: Ernesto Valverde


Confirmed Lineup: Iago Herrerín, Andoni Iraola, Etxeita, Balenziaga, San José, Gurpegi, De Marcos, Mikel Rico, Aduriz, Iñaki Williams, Muniain.
Coach: Ernesto Valverde.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario for this match will be for Espanyol to advance. We believe this will be a match with great opportunities for both teams, which will be decided by the home factor, and the superior ability of the host.

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Copa del Rey - 2014/2015

  • 100% 112 / 112 Games

  • Home team wins 57.14%
  • Draws 12.5%
  • Away team wins 30.36%
  • Over 1.5 69.64%
  • Over 2.5 48.21%
  • Over 3.5 28.57%
  • Goals 294
  • Goals /match 2.63
  • Goals /match home 1.53
  • Goals /match away 1.1
  • Both teams score 46.43%
  • Goals after 80' 19.39%
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