Football Bet of the Day: Hosts won't relive cup glory

Football Bet of the Day: Hosts won’t relive cup glory

Football Bet of the Day: Hosts won't relive cup glory

After a winner in Spain last night, Kev’s looking for another in the Copa del Rey.

“Sevilla have had scares in the previous two rounds, but they should still be able to beat a Real Zaragoza side that has been struggling in the second tier.”

Back Sevilla to win at 1.8810/11

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Real Zaragoza v Sevilla
Thursday 6 January, 17:00

We had to wait a while last night, but Real Madrid came through for us in the end, as two late goals gave them a 3-1 win at Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey. Given that it was 1-1 with quarter of an hour to go, we’ll take the money and run.

We won’t run very far, as we’re only going to Zaragoza. Real Zaragoza are hoping to cause an upset against Sevilla, but I don’t believe they will.

Real Zaragoza won this tournament as recently as 2004, but since relegation from La Liga in 2013, they have failed to return to the big time. Last season they finished 15th in the second tier, and they are 16th this time around. They have lost their last three league games, failing to score in any of those defeats.

Sevilla are still in the La Liga title race, and they have lost just one of their last eight competitive matches. They have had some scares in this tournament, requiring extra time to win at Cordoba and penalties to succeed at Andratx. However, they have a break from European competition, and coach Julen Lopetegui has insisted Sevilla will treat this like a cup final. Keeper Yacine Bono and striker Munir have gone to AFCON, while Thomas Delaney is out injured, but at 1.8810/11 in the Match Odds market, Sevilla are still a smart bet.