Ciudad de Lucena vs Sevilla predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s Spanish Copa del Rey game. Read on for analysis and a score prediction as Julen Lopetegui’s men make the short trip to Cordoba.
- DATE: Tuesday 15th December 2020
- KICK-OFF: 20:00 (local time)
- VENUE: Ciudad de Lucena
- COMPETITION: Copa del Rey 1st Round
Ciudad de Lucena vs Sevilla Preview
The Copa del Rey 1st Round kicks off on Tuesday. As was the case in last season’s revamped competition, which we still don’t know the winner of, 16 top flight sides will be involved and all will face banana skin one-off away games against lower league opposition. Sevilla are the strongest side in action on the opening night and they face an Andalusian derby away to Ciudad de Lucena.
Based in the province of Cordoba, Club Deportivo Ciudad de Lucena couldn’t have dreamt that they would be so soon meeting clubs of Sevilla’s size and stature when they were formed in 2008. Since then, they’ve risen through the leagues to reach the Tercera Division (fourth tier) where they currently reside.
They finished 2nd in the western Andalusian section of the Tercera last season, with Real Betis’ B team the only side to finish above them. They are also currently 2nd in their section in a slightly altered format to the Tercera Division this season. Lucena have only suffered one defeat in the league so far this term and are the highest scoring Andalusian side in the Spanish fourth tier.
On paper, there’s no reason to think they are going to serve up a serious threat for Sevilla. The visitors would have been happy enough to not have to make too far a journey and their European involvement ensures they do have one of the larger squads in LaLiga meaning rotation ought not to spell disaster for them here.
Sevilla come into this game on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Getafe in LaLiga at the weekend. They didn’t have a single shot on target in the game but won thanks to an own goal from Geta’s Xabier Etxeita. We should see the likes of Oscar Rodriguez and Oliver Torres rotate in here and they do have a number of fringe players who will be hungry to make an impression.
Ciudad de Lucena vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: Ciudad de Lucena 1-3 Sevilla
To put things in some perspective, Ciudad de Lucena are in the same league as Sevilla’s C team. Therefore the gulf in class is huge but they shouldn’t be a totally unknown quantity as would have been the case had Sevilla been paired with a team from another region. With the likes of Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde likely to get rested, Sevilla may just be a bit more vulnerable defensively so a home goal can’t be ruled out but the visitors have so much quality in reserve that they should still ease into the next round.
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