Malaga, Eibar locked in a testy Copa del Rey round-of-16 war


Event Date: December 19, 2012  11:00 CET

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Malaga looks to draw the first blood in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round-of-16 matchup against Eibar on Wednesday in Purua, Spain.

Coming off solid victories against Granada 4-0 and Sevilla FC 2-0, Malaga will try to sustain its winning form when they engaged in a crucial tiff with Eibar.

Javier Saviola has racked up five goals while Joaquin contributed for Malaga, who boasted an 8-4-4 28 points in Spanish La Liga play this season.

Malaga advanced to round-of-32 of the Copa del Rey after edging Cacereno, 4-4, on away goal rules while Eibar also progressed to the next round by squeaking past Athletic Bilbao on the same technicality.

Eibar is one of the biggest surprises in the second round of the knockout stages in the Copa del Rey tournament and it has even a shot at pulling off another upset against Malaga.

It has been an unpredictable so far in the round-fo-32 of the Copa del Rey and perhaps the most shocking of all was a 2-1 defeat absorbed by Real Madrid to Celta Vigo.

In the showdown between Malaga and Eibar, an upset is absolutely not out of reach especially if Malaga becomes too complacent against its unheralded opponent.

Ladbrokes gives  a high windfall for underdog betters, offering an Eibar upset win at 4.50 while a Malaga victory is at 1.57 A draw is set at 3.75.

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