Chopp
Chopp
Jan 23, 2018 · 2 min read

The 1st leg of the Copa del Rey Quarter-finals gave us a lot of thrillers and close scores. The 2nd leg starts back up and could provide more goals and possibly some shock results.

Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid

There’s a lot of pressure on both of these clubs as this could be their only shot at a title in this campaign.

Sevilla have won two matches in a row under Italian coach Vincenzo Montella, most recently winning 3–0 at Espanyol on Saturday. They defeated Atletico 2–1 loss at the Wanda and will look to continue their streak by finishing off Atletico in the 2nd leg.

Atletico Madrid will be without Diego Costa, who picked up a muscle injury game against Girona over the weekend. Diego Simeone will hope that Antoine Griezmann can pick up the slack as Atletico will need to net at least two goals to advance to the next stage.

Prediction:

Sevilla 1, Atletico Madrid 1

Alaves vs Valencia

After a thrilling 2–1 match win result for Valencia where Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo scored late goals for Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium, Los Che will hope to continue their form on the road at Estadio Mendizorroza against Alaves. The Babazorros secured their away goal with an amazing strike from Ruben Sobrino and will look to hold on and net a crucial goal in their home stadium.

Prediction:

Alaves 1, Valencia 2

Real Madrid vs Leganes

Real Madrid looked as if they were going to add to their winless streak and make it 4 in a row until Marco Asensio bagged a late winner to secure Zinedine Zidane’s side a 1–0 victory in the first leg at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Real Madrid didn’t look like they would score and were outplayed most of the match until Luka Modric and Isco were subbed on late into the match. Los Blancos will need to play much better and create more chances and not give Leganes a chance to get back into it, as they looked dangerous many times in the first leg.

Sergio Ramos could make a return to the side having missed the last six games. He was in full training on Monday and could be back to either face Leganes on Wednesday or Valencia on Saturday.

Prediction:

Real Madrid 2, Leganes 0

Barcelona vs Espanyol

Espanyol pulled off a surprising 1–0 result in the Catalan derby in the first leg against Barcelona and hope they can control Barça’s attack again. Barcelona are hoping to include the new club-record signing Philippe Coutinho in the squad for the first time against his former club for Thursday’s return fixture if he’s recovered from his thigh injury.

Espanyol played inspired football at the RCDE Stadium last week in front of a great home crowd where they ended the Blaugrana’s unbeaten run. Now they travel to the Camp Nou, where they will likely park the bus and try to avoid being knocked out of the tournament.

Prediction:

Espanyol 0, Barcelona 3

How to watch
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
TV: beIN Sports
Stream: fuboTV

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