Paul Murray´s Match Preview / UD Las Palmas – Real Sociedad

Copa Del Rey – Round of 32 – Match Preview – Thursday 3rd December 2015
Las Palmas vs Real Sociedad – 1st Leg

Tonight sees La Reala return to the Canary Islands after the 2-0 league defeat 3 weeks ago that signalled the departure of David Moyes. This time we are playing in the first leg of the Round of 32 in the Copa del Rey (Kings Cup). We have won this competition on two previous occasions, 1909 and 1987, when we beat Atlético de Madrid on penalties. We lost 0-1 in the final to Barcelona in 1988 and have not troubled the judges since.

This competition allows the bigger clubs to field many of their fringe squad players and also often provides the younger players the chance to experience first team action. This can obviously lead to a weaker team than normal being fielded but what they lack in experience the idea is that they will compensate in enthusiasm and commitment.

My favourite story about this our involvement in this competition concerns the match in 2012 when we had been beaten by Real Mallorca 6-1 in the second leg after taking a 2-0 lead to the Balearics after the first leg. We even scored first that night to make the aggregate score 0-3, an unassailable lead you would think. However a horror show by reserve goalkeeper Zubikarai saw us concede 6 goals and lose 6-3 overall. My Basque friend Jurdan after initially appearing devastated said dismissively afterwards that he didn’t care about being knocked out of the Cup because “he is not even our fucking King!!” Priceless reaction !!

Tonight manager Eusebio is likely to select Jon Ansotegi for his first start of the season and I believe that Carlos Martinez and De la Bella are also likely to feature in a much changed defensive line up. I also hope that Mikel Oyarzabel will start after his very promising performances as a substitute in the last two league fixtures. But it is disappointing that Igor Zubeldia has lost his chance through suspension, after his red card for Sanse at the weekend. Alain Oiartzun may also be given a first opportunity this season and hopefully Hector should also see some action. I love watching the younger players being given their chance and I hope for an attacking and positive performance tonight.

Bookmakers Bet365 offer the following odds for the match:
Las Palmas win 2/1, Draw 12/5 and Real Sociedad to win 13/10

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