Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Copa del Rey showdown between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
The long-awaited year 2020 Copa del Rey we will finally see Marcelinois galvanized Athletic Bilbao against Basque rivals, Real society, who thrived under guardianship Imanol Sheriff this season.
The result of this postponed Cup final is all the more important for Athletic, who will play under Barcelona in just a few weeks in exceptional circumstances in the 2021 Copa del Rey final, meaning the Basque heavyweights could win the competition twice in one. a month or even lose it twice.
In what has in many ways already been a fantastic season for Athletic, an image Asier Villalibre celebrating the victory of the Spanish Super Cup at the club by playing the trumpet for his teammates is still very fresh in the minds of many fans of the game.
The idea that Villalibre could reach for this iconic trumpet twice more this season is something that Athletic will undoubtedly be extremely impressed with.
Still, winning two finals in two weeks is a really rare thing and Athletic will probably be in every final.
Athletic came in at the back of the game as they lost just one of their last eight La Liga games.
Against Eibar for the last time in La Liga, Marcellino’s men were unlucky enough not to score all three points, and his team scored three times more shots than their Basque opponents.
To win this match, Marcelino will certainly watch all the usual suspects available to him Inaki Williams,, Iker Muniain in Raul Garcia all very capable of appearing on great occasions.
Unlike Basque rivals, Alguacil’s La Real has only one of its own and will undoubtedly want to seize its moment in the spotlight.
In the transformation season for both Athletic and La Real, the Alguacila men overcame a lengthy form in the middle of the campaign and only returned to winning ways in February.
However, recent appearances in La Liga have not been great for the team and La Real enter this game on their backs 6-1 in the hands of Barcelona, which those at the club are likely to want behind them.
Overall, La Real have enjoyed a stellar campaign so far and have managed to improve their Basque rivals when they beat Athletic 1-0 at the end of December.
Real Sociedad Copa del Rey form:
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Athletic Bilbao Copa del Rey shape:
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All the heavy punches will be available this weekend for Marcelino’s choice, who has very few injury concerns.
It is unlikely that Marcelin’s starting eleven will be too different from the one Eibar played last time in the league.
One of the absent Athletic players is the midfielder Oier, which is currently damaged.
Alguacil have had injury problems for most of the season and, although there are still a few players for this draw, all regular members of the first team are available for this weekend.
Absent include Jon Guridi,, Joseba Zaldua,, Miguel Angel Moya,, Jon Pacheco,, Sam in Luca Sangalli.
Possible starting lineup of Real Sociedad:
Alex Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Munoz; Silva, Illarramendi, Merino; Januzaj, Isak, Oyarzabal
Possible starting lineup for Athletic Bilbao:
Simon; De Marcos, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche; Alex Berenguer, Lopez, Vesga, Muniain; Gercia, Williams
We make: Real Sociedad 1-2 Athletic Bilbao
This is a really interesting meeting, because despite Real’s superior position in the league, it is worth claiming that Athletic has been actually a better side lately under Marcelin’s leadership. The Athletics simply know how to qualify for the finals and we think they have that opportunity.