After a spectacular weekend in La Liga which had many entertaining clashes, we now focus our attention on the 1/8 finals of the Copa del Rey.
Espanyol and Valencia will clash tonight in Barcelona, while Malaga will travel to Valencia where they will face Levante and will try to instill their own game. And that is not all as Spanish gambling news reports that tomorrow Athletic Bilbao will play against Celta Vigo who are now currently facing a struggle in the domestic league, so this will offer them a great chance to make a name for themselves.
• Valencia will play Espanyol away
• Malaga favorite against Levante
• Athletic Bilbao looking to overcome Celta Vigo at home
And finally Almeria will do everything in their might to beat their upcoming opponents Getafe away. Both teams have endured a difficult time in La Liga this season so at least in the Copa they can try to show what they are made of.
Espanyol vs Valencia and Levante vs Malaga
Espanyol sit in the middle of the La Liga table in 10th place with only 20 points. At home they have won only on 4 occasions, while the rest of the games resulted in 3 draws and 2 losses. So far in the Cup they were pretty successful considering they managed to get to this stage of the tournament. They will next be tested against Valencia who sit 4th in the league and have an overall of 35 points.
The visitors’ away record stands at 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, which is one of the reason why they have been earmarked as the favorites for the game 2.40 (7/5), per Bet365. The best that Espanyol can hope to achieve is getting a draw, however that is not very likely 3.25 (9/4). A win for the hosts stands at 3.10 (21/10), but looking as their record they should be able to easily overcome their opponents.
Levante will go head to head with Malaga at home, however this game is somewhat uncertain as they have both blundered on several important occasions this season both in La Liga and the Cup. Levante are currently situated in the relegation zone (18th place) with only 16 points and have a home record of 2 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses.
Malaga on the other hand is enjoying a far better position (7th place) than their upcoming counterparts as they are aiming to challenge to enter the top 6 which would qualify them for European competitions next season. Online sportsbooks in Spain favor them for the win 2.25 (5/4) per Bet365, considering they have notched 4 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses while palying on the road. A win for the home side stands at 3.30 (23/10), while a draw is also 3.30 (23/10).
Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo and Getafe vs Almeria
Athletic Bilbao are far away from the team that they were just a few years ago when they challenging and going strong for the top trophies. Now they are languishing in 13th position with only 19 points. At home they have made 3 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, while their next opponents Celta Vigo sit in 9th place with 21 points.
The visitors maintain an away record of 2 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, stats that bring a great deal of uncertainty going into the match. Bet365 is certain that the hosts should have the capacity to pull this one off and seal a win 1.90 (10/11). A victory for Celta stands at an unlikely 4.20 (16/5), while a draw has been set at a high 3.50 (5/2).
Almeria will play against Getafe on the road, however many football critics believe that the hosts have the upper hand for this match. As per Spanish gambling laws, Bet365 offers many great odds and for this game Getafe has been assigned odds of 1.90 (10/11), considering their record at home (2 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses).
Almeria are currently facing a battle to stay out of the relegation zone as they are in 17th place, so for the Cup game against Getafe they will aim to capture a victory to get a boost that will also help them in the league. Bet365 has given them odds of 4.50 (7/2), while a draw between the two stands at 3.30 (23/10).