The return in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey between Sevilla and Leganes promises to be a blistering match on Wednesday-evening, as with the 1-1 draw of last week in the game, the decision has certainly not yet been made.
Seville is in house favorite for reaching the final, but the tough Leganes hopes to benefit from the moderate form of the Andalusians.
In the past seasons, Sevilla has coached Unai Emery and Jorge Sampaoli, who used the club as a springboard and are now at the helm at Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina respectively. This season, however, the Andalusians have had to take a big step back. Trainer Eduardo Berizzo did not make it to the Christmas season and also under successor Vincenzo Montella the red-witches continue to stagger, with the 5-1 ear washing of last weekend visiting Eibar as a temporary low point. Since the appointment of Montella, Sevilla has only scored four points in five league matches. If we were to make a ranking on the basis of the last five rounds, Sevilla would have to fear 15th place for relegation. It should be clear that the Italian coach has not yet managed to hit the sensitive string in the Sanchez Pizjuan.
Fortunately for Montella, the performance in the Copa del Rey is doing a good job. In the quarter finals of the Spanish Cup Tournament, Sevilla managed to beat Atletico Madrid, who is much more respected, both out and at home, and also the 1-1 draw of last week in the first semi-final against Leganes because of the goal-out perspective. However, it is absolutely no certainty that Sevilla will pull this narrow lead on Wednesday night. Last month, during the debut of Montella, the red-witted in their own home with no less than 3-5 in the luren lay by arch-rival Real Betis. In addition, with Sergio Escudero, Pablo Sarabia, Steven Nzonzi, Clement Lenglet, Sebastien Corchia and Simon Kjaer, no less than six potential base players are uncertain for the return. Sarabia and Lenglet in particular are absolute key players in the team of Los Nerviones.
At Leganes the atmosphere is a lot better. Just like last year, the Madrilenians will once again be very successful this season, because with 29 points from 21 rounds they are firmly in the middle span of Spain. Los Pepineros are a very tough opponent, Real Madrid also experienced in the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey. Leganes had a fantastic cup point in the return by triumphing in the return with 1-2 in the Santiago Bernabeu, putting them on the basis of goals for the semi-finals. Last weekend, the blue-whites, visiting fellow townsman Getafe, dragged a scoreless draw from the fire, leaving them unbeaten again for the fifth game in a row. Striker Nabil El Zhar: “We travel to Seville with a good feeling.”
0-0 will not be enough on Wednesday-evening, however, as Leganes takes a goalless finish next to a final place in the Copa del Rey. The visitors will therefore have to score at least one goal in and against Seville. With only twenty goals, Leganes is one of the least scoring teams in La Liga, although the team managed to get the net in four of its five official away games since the turn of the year. The hope is mainly based on attacking midfielder Gabriel Pires, who can call himself club top scorer with five goals. It was also he who shot the club in the previous round past Real Madrid. The fighters of trainer Asier Garitano are not there on Wednesday night in any case, because the club has arranged free transport for the accompanying fans.
Insider TIP: Over 2.5 goals – 1.83