Copa Del Rey Round of 16: Predicting All 8 Ties

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2013

Copa Del Rey Round of 16: Predicting All 8 Ties

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    Following the FA Cup in England at the weekend, it is the turn of the Copa del Rey to look to provide upsets this week.

    The competition is already down to the last 16 and by Friday morning we will know the participants of the quarterfinals. 

    Just three sides outside of La Liga remain, over the next few slides their chances will be predicted, as well as those all-La Liga ties, too.

Tuesday: Malaga vs. Eibar

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    Oguchi Onyewu's stoppage-time equalizer for Malaga means they head into the home leg of their tie with Eibar level.

    With Manuel Pellegrini expected to rotate, the underdogs—second in Segunda B—may fancy their chances of an upset with the possibility of a match against Barcelona up for grabs.


    Prediction: Malaga 1-2 Eibar

Tuesday: Valencia vs. Osasuna

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    Neither of these sides have performed as they would have hoped in the league this season, so the cup gives them both an opportunity to focus their attentions elsewhere.

    With that said, Valencia's 2-0 win in Pamplona in the first leg should prove too much for Osasuna to overturn when they travel to Mestalla on Tuesday night.


    Prediction: Valencia 2-0 Osasuna

Wednesday: Sevilla vs. Mallorca

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    A brace from Alvaro Negredo helped Sevilla hammer Mallorca 5-0 in the first leg, all but ending this tie as a spectacle.

    Mallorca may have turned around their poor league form in their last two games, but that deficit should prove impossible.


    Prediction: Sevilla 1-1 Mallorca

Wednesday: Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo

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    With the league title seemingly half way back to Barcelona, it is more vital than ever for Real Madrid to turnaround their first leg defeat to Celta Vigo.

    Mario Bermejo and Cristian Bustos put the underdogs 2-0 up before Cristiano Ronaldo scored what could prove an important goal in the 87th minute.


    Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Celta Vigo 

Wednesday: Real Zaragoza vs. Levante

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    Carlos Aranda's 90th-minute goal when the two sides met in December means Real Zaragoza have a 1-0 advantage heading into Wednesday's second leg.

    Levante are competing on three fronts still, so they may not be too disheartened should they drop out of the Copa del Rey this week.


    Prediction: Real Zaragoza 2-1 Levante

Thursday: Getafe vs. Atletico Madrid

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    Diego Simeone played his strongest side in either the Europa League or Copa del Rey this season as Atletico beat Getafe 3-0 in the first leg.

    With that comfortable lead, he may take the opportunity to rotate his squad ahead of Thursday's game against their city rivals.


    Prediction: Getafe 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Thursday: Real Betis vs. Las Palmas

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    Second Division Las Palmas held Real Betis to a 1-1 draw in the Canary Islands last month and will be keen to produce an upset.

    High-flying Betis should field a strong lineup, though and with home advantage may prove too strong for their visitors.


    Prediction: Real Betis 2-0 Las Palmas

Thursday: Barcelona vs. Cordoba

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    Tito Vilanova may have shuffled his pack when Barca visited Cordoba, the quality, however, was still high, as La Blaugrana earned a 2-0 win.

    Expect a similar lineup at Camp Nou on Thursday when Barca should prove far too good for Cordoba again.

    Keep an eye on young Fede Vico for the visitors, though.


    Prediction: Barcelona 4-1 Cordoba