Escobedo vs Sevilla predictions, head-to-head and match preview for this Sunday’s game in the Copa del Rey. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Julen Lopetegui’s side head to Cantabria.
Escobedo vs Sevilla Preview
Sevilla face a long trip north to Cantabria this weekend in the Copa del Rey. It’s a similar journey to the one their Andalusian rivals Malaga made in the last round and they returned red-faced having been defeated 2-0 by the Tercera Division side. If Escobedo can pull off a repeat here, it would have to go down as one of the biggest ever shocks in the Copa del Rey.
Escobedo have actually spent 30 consecutive seasons in the Tercera Division without being promoted or relegated. They won their group last season but that doesn’t guarantee promotion at this level on the Spanish football ladder. They are 6th this time around but they performed out of their skins to defeat Segunda Division Malaga in the last round. Escobedo’s tiny 2,000 capacity stadium also has an artificial pitch which could potentially make life a bit trickier for Sevilla.
Julen Lopetegui’s men have been practising on artificial turf this week in preparation for the game on the outskirts of Santander. Sevilla are already mounting a strong challenge on two fronts and will most likely rotate heavily here as they did in the last round when they managed to see off Bergantinos 1-0 in not entirely convincing fashion.
Fringe players such as Bryan Gil, Nemanja Gudelj and Alejandro Pozo may well be given their chances to shine although in truth the visitors have little to gain and everything to lose here. Escobedo will believe given their showing in the last round although there is a big jump up in class these days from a troubled Malaga side to even a weakened Sevilla eleven.
Escobedo vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-0 Sevilla
The artificial turf may take some getting used to for Sevilla and there could be a few hairy moments in this one but they do have a squad built for competing in the cups as well as the league and they should have enough strength in depth to progress without too much alarm.
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Escobedo vs Sevilla H2H
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Predicted Line Ups
Ros – Montiel, Simon, Juarez, A. Gutierrez – P. Gutierrez – Leite, Ruiz, Nodar, Alvarez – Bilous (4-1-4-1)
Bono – Kounde, Gomez, Carrico, Pozo – Gudelj, Jordan – Gil, Torres, Ocampos – Hernandez (4-2-3-1)