In the first leg of 1/16 finals in Copa del Rey, L’Hospitalet host the Primera Division champion and runner-up in Champions League, Atletico Madrid.
L’Hospitalet play in the Segunda Division B (3rd league) and without any doubt they are outsiders in this match.
Home team have almost full squad available, except defender Lucas del Campo (0/0 d) who’s injured from the beginning of the season.
Despite the fact that they are underdogs, they will be fully motivated to make a good result today.
“We will do our best to leave the tie open for the second leg.” – said their coach Kiko Ramirez.
Atlético Madrid continue with the good performance from the last season. They are standing at the 3rd position in Primera, while in the Champions League they have already qualified in the next phase.
In the next 15 days, team from Madrid will play 5 matches, so their coach Diego Simeone will rest many important players for this match to keep their freshness for the Saturday Primera match against Elche.
Miranda (10/3 d) is injured, while Godín (13/2 d), Ansaldi (7/0 d), Juanfran (12/0 d), Tiago (8/3 m), Koke (13/1 m), Raúl García (11/2 m), Turan (11/2 m) and their top scorer Mandžukić (11/5 f) will not play today and the chance will get the players who didn’t play too much this season.
The players who will probably start the match:
Oblak (0/0 gk), Gámez (1/0 d), Giménez (3/0 d), Lucas Hernández (Atletico Madrid B), Siqueira (7/0 d), Gabi (11/0 m), Mario (8/1 m), Saúl (8/2 m), Cerci (5/0 m), Cristian Rodríguez (5/0 m) and Raúl Jiménez (8/1 f).
Despite the fact that the visitors will rest many important players, they still have decent squad.
L’Hospitalet play very good at home, they lost only two times at home this year.
However, Atlético Madrid is a favorite but I don’t believe that they will smash home team and beat them more than two goals difference.
This is not the betting tip for single bet, but in some combo bet for small stake would be fine. It’s a Cup match and in the competitions like these, everything is possible.
L’Hospitalet vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tip: L’Hospitalet +2 Ah @ 2.38 (Bet365)