It’s the last week in the month of January. How times flies! It’s been an eventful month so far and things look set to end on a high with different cup competitions before the month of February.
We will have to wait till February before we witness any league action in Europe’s top five leagues. However, there’s plenty of cup action to enjoy and bet on this week in both England and Spain.
Spain: Copa del Rey
16 teams progressed from the fourth round of the competition as it enters the Round of 16. The boys from Ibiza gave Barcelona a run for their money, with the Catalan giants requiring a last minute goal to win. Atletico Madrid weren’t that lucky as they lost to a Segunda Division B side. The same happened to Celta Vigo as they lost to Mirandes.
No game ended without a winner in both the third and fourth round.
Will any of the Round of 16 games finish in a stalemate?
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Featuring a number of major casualties already, expect more drama during the round of 16 of this competition. Real Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao will all play away from home this week. For Barcelona however, they will play in front of their fans when they take on Leganes.
Which of the games in this round will produce three goals?
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England: EFL Cup
By February, the final of EFL Cup will be played. The month will feature the first cup final in top-flight football in England. But before then, the second leg of the semi-final games still have to be played.
In the first semi-final, the game between Leicester City and Aston Villa ended in a 1-1 draw. With a final ticket at stake, there’s all to play for in the second leg which will be played at Villa Park. With both teams scoring in all five of the last five meetings between both sides, the next 90 minutes between the two teams will be feisty and keenly contested.
The other semi-final features the Manchester derby. The first leg of the Mancunian derby in the semi-final ended in a 3-1 win for Manchester City, at the Theatre of Dreams. The Red Devils now have an uphill task as they visit the Etihad Stadium for the second leg. While chasing the game, they also have to be wary of conceding goals from a side playing in front of its home fans.
Will the same happen in both semi-final games in the second leg?
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Which of these sides will progress to the next round in both the Copa del Rey and the EFL Cup? Drop your comments and join the conversation.