Ibiza hosts Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Copa del Rey 1/16 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, January 21st at Estadi Municipal de Can Misses (Ibiza)
Ibiza only claims to be promoted to Segunda, so the team looks modest on a large scale. The hosts are leading in their group of Segunda B, outranking Hercules and Alcoyano. In the Cup, their path is also not bad so far. At the last stage, they eliminated Celta (5-2), playing in a rather adventurous and attacking manner. Ibiza will need to play against Athletic differently, but I'm not sure that the hosts are ready for such flexibility.
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Not so long ago, Athletic changed its mentor, and that immediately bore fruit. Marcelino studied Barça and Real Madrid perfectly, and the Basques managed to win the Spanish Super Cup, beating two top teams of LaLiga. It was convenient for Bilbao to proceed from an opponent’s style, and taking into account the activity of Ibiza at the opponent's penalty area, this tactic could continue and work again. At least, Athletic can advance further in the cup against the backdrop of the grandiose success.
The teams did not play against each other before. Now I want to proceed from more upscale visitors. They are in a great mood after a victory in the Super Cup, where they beat Barça and Real. And it is clear that Athletic is a more experienced team than its opponent, who is playing in a very low division. The attacking style of the hosts is even a plus for the Basques, who will easily find free zones and punish the opponent.
Prediction for the match: Athletic Bilbao to win with 0.0 handicap