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Jan 26, 2021 at 8pm UK at Estadio Benito Villamarín
Real BetisReal Betis
Real SociedadReal Sociedad
Canales (79'), Iglesias (96', 111')
Sanabria (13'), Lainez (30'), Ruiz (108')
Sanabria (76')
Oyarzabal (13')
Illarramendi (26'), Merino (47'), Le Normand (110')
Illarramendi (48')

Preview: Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Copa del Rey clash between Real Betis and Real Sociedad, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

One of the standout ties in the last-16 stage of this season's Copa del Rey will take place in Seville on Tuesday night as Real Betis welcome Real Sociedad.

The two teams locked horns in La Liga on Saturday, and the points were shared in a 2-2 draw, with Betis fighting back from two goals behind to secure a share of the spoils in San Sebastian.

Match preview

Real Betis head coach Manuel Pellegrini pictured on November 7, 2020© Reuters

Betis were on the verge of suffering their 10th league defeat of the season against Sociedad on Saturday, but Sergio Canales and Joaquin both scored in the final five minutes of the contest to secure a point in a 2-2 draw.

The result has left Manuel Pellegrini's side in eighth position in the table, just four points behind sixth-placed Sociedad and now the two top-flight outfits will lock horns in the Copa del Rey.

Betis will enter Tuesday's match in impressive form, winning four of their last five matches in all competitions, while they have comfortably dispatched UCAM Murcia, Multivera and Sporting Gijon to reach this stage of the Copa del Rey for the first time since 2015-16.

The Green and Whites have won this competition on two occasions, the last of which was in 2005, when they overcame Osasuna in the final.

The Seville outfit have not made the last eight since 2013-14, though, and are likely to face a tough examination by a talented Sociedad outfit on Tuesday night.

Real Sociedad head coach Imanol Alguacil pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Sociedad, meanwhile, have also won the Copa del Rey on two occasions, most recently in 1987, when they overcame Atletico Madrid in the final.

The Basque outfit were due to face Athletic Bilbao in the final of last year's competition, but the match was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and it is now due to take place at the start of April.

The White and Blues have actually won their last eight matches in the Copa del Rey, including a 2-0 success over Cordoba on January 20 courtesy of a double from Willian Jose.

La Real's La Liga form since the end of November has been disappointing, though, winning just one of their last 10 matches, which has seen them drop into sixth position in the table.

Sociedad are also due to take on Manchester United in the Europa League next month, while they will end the month of January with a trip to Villarreal in the league next weekend.

Real Betis Copa del Rey form: WWLWWW
Real Betis form (all competitions): DWWWWD

Real Sociedad Copa del Rey form: WWWWWW
Real Sociedad form (all competitions): WDLLWD

Team News

Real Sociedad midfielder David Silva in action against Real Madrid in La Liga on September 20, 2020© Reuters

Betis will be without the services of Paul Akouokou through suspension, while Claudio Bravo, Aitor Ruibal, Dani Martin, Marc Bartra and Victor Camarasa are all unavailable through injury.

Pellegrini will make changes from the side that started Friday's league match, with Antonio Sanabria, Juanmi, Sidnei and Alex Moreno likely to come into the starting XI.

Diego Lainez could again feature in a wide position, though, while Akouokou's absence through suspension should see William Carvalho feature in the middle of the park.

As for Sociedad, Aihen Munoz is available again following a suspension, but Jon Pacheco, David Silva, Miguel Moya and Luca Sangalli are still on the sidelines through injury.

There will be changes from the clash with Betis last time out, with Joseba Zaldua, Martin Zubimendi, Ander Barrenetxea, Martin Merquelanz and Asier Illarramendi all expected to start.

Modibo Sagnan could also feature in the middle of the defence, but Willian Jose has now left the club to join Wolverhampton Wanderers, meaning that Alexander Isak should get the nod through the middle.

Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Joel; Emerson, Sidnei, Ruiz, Moreno; Carvalho, Canales; Lainez, Rodri, Juanmi; Sanabria

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Zaldua, Elustondo, Sagnan, Munoz; Lopez, Zubimendi, Illarramendi; Merquelanz, Isak, Barrenetxea

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We say: Real Betis 2-2 Real Sociedad (Sociedad on penalties)

This has all of the makings of a classic cup match, and we are predicting goals in Seville. There is every chance that this game could go the distance, and we have picked penalties to separate the two teams, with Sociedad ultimately coming out on top in the shootout.

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