Match Time :2/14/2020 04:00 Friday（GMT+8）
Real Sociedad: Four consecutive home victories (Recent Form: WWLWWW)
Real Sociedad are in good shape – 4 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss in last 5 matches across all competitions. The ‘Txuri-urdin’ host Mirandes on Thursday in the first-leg of Copa del Rey semi-final. “Obviously it's very important. They are Cup semifinals, the second in 32 years and it's going to be special and that's how we take it, that's how I feel about it. I'm proud and excited and with many positive things, but conscious that there is still a lot to achieve the final goal. We do not care about the opponent, we have shown it throughout the Cup. They are semifinals and against a team that has eliminated three Primera sides, having scored nine goals. The fans will be vital, we hope that the atmosphere is even greater than in the derby,” said coach Imanol Alguacil.
Mirandes: Strong run in Copa (Recent Form: DWDWDD)
Mirandes are a Segunda Division side, but they’ve already eliminated Celta, Sevilla and Villarreal in the previous rounds of CdR. Now it’s time for an away cup encounter. “No matter what rival we have in front, Mirandes always believe. It is a positive thing. It is clear that everyone is aware of the difficulty. We are obliged to give the highest level we can and then we will see where it can take us. So far it has brought us to Cup semifinals. In the end, what we have to do is scare la Real a bit. They are favorites, obviously. If we have any advantage here in this semifinal is that we have the least pressure of all,” said coach Andoni Iraola.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
In conclusion, I believe that hosts are favourites of this clash. Mirandes were able to upset a few other Primera Division sides, but these were all the home fixtures for them. In my opinion Real Sociedad may get a comfortable victory in front of their fans.
Real Sociedad VS Mirandes
Pick: Real Sociedad -1.25