Copa del Rey 2021/22 Winner Prediction, Odds & Picks

Copa del Ray WInner

  • The Copa del Rey is the principal cup competition in Spanish soccer
  • It was founded in 1903 and is still going strong more than 100 years later
  • Barcelona are comfortably the most successful side in the Copa’s history

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The Copa del Rey is the main cup competition in Spanish soccer. It has a rich history dating all the way back to 1903, making it the oldest soccer tournament in the country played at a national level. La Liga, by contrast, was only founded in 1929, and the Copa del Rey was in effect the national soccer championship before the league began. The name translates as ‘King’s Cup’ and was created to celebrate the coronation of King Alfonso XIII.

The 2021/22 edition of the Copa del Rey begins on November 17 and will conclude with the final on 23 April. A total of 127 matches will be held before the winner is crowned at Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville.

Copa del Rey Winner Odds

Copa del Rey Winner Odds Odds
Real Madrid +225
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Barcelona +275
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Atletico Madrid +400
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Sevilla +800
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Real Sociedad +1400
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Real Betis +2000
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Villarreal +1800
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Athletic Bilbao +2800
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Getafe +3300
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Celta Vigo +4000
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Levante +4000
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Valencia +4000
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Who Will Win Copa del Rey 2021/22?

The odds to win the Copa del Rey are similar to those for the La Liga title. Real Madrid are the favorites, although it is worth noting they have only won this tournament twice since 1993. The most recent of those occasions, in 2013/14, came when Carlo Ancelotti was in charge at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Perhaps the returning Italian can get his hands on the trophy again this season.

Barcelona are the second-favorites despite the exit of Lionel Messi, while Atletico Madrid are third and Sevilla fourth. Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Villarreal are the other teams available for below +2000 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

Who Were the Copa del Rey 2021 Winners?

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey 2021. Ronald Koeman’s men beat Cornella, Rayo Vallecano, Granada and Sevilla, before thrashing Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the final in Seville.

That match was held on April 17, just two weeks after Real Sociedad beat Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey 2020. That match was delayed for almost a year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Which Team Has Won the Copa del Rey Most?

Team and Number of Wins Most recent success
Barcelona – 31 2021
Athletic Bilbao – 23 1984
Real Madrid – 19 2014
Atletico Madrid – 10 2013
Valencia – 8 2019
Real Zaragoza – 6 2004
Sevilla – 5 2010
Espanyol – 4 2006
Real Union – 4 1927
Real Sociedad – 3 2020
Deportivo La Coruna – 2 2002
Real Betis – 2 2005
Arenas – 1 1919
Real Mallorca – 1 2003

Barcelona are the most successful side in the history of the Copa del Rey, having lifted the trophy on 31 occasions. Athletic Bilbao are second on the list despite their failure to triumph since 1984. In fact, the Basque club have lost each of their last six appearances in the final, including in both 2020 and 2021.

Real Madrid (19) and Atletico Madrid (10) are the only other sides to have reached double figures. A total of 14 teams have won the Copa del Rey in its 118-year existence. Deportivo La Coruna are the only side with a 100 per cent winning record in Copa del Rey finals, having won both of their two appearances in the showpiece event.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Copa del Rey a Major Trophy?

The Copa del Rey is third on the list of priorities for major Spanish sides, behind La Liga and the Champions League (or other European competition). That said, its history and prestige mean it is still a prize that every club hopes to win at the start of each season. Barcelona were certainly delighted to lift the trophy in 2021.

Is the Copa del Rey Final Two Legs?

The Copa del Rey final is a one-legged affair held at a neutral venue. The semi-finals are held over two legs, with each side hosting one game. The rest of the tournament is a series of one-off games.

How Do You Qualify for the Copa del Rey?

All 20 La Liga teams and all 22 from the Segunda Division take part in the Copa del Rey. They are joined by 28 teams from the Segunda Division B, 32 from the Tercera Division, the four semi-finalists from the previous year’s Copa Federacion de Espana, and 10 teams from the regionalized fifth tier. A total of 116 sides will be involved in this year’s tournament, with an additional 10 taking part in the preliminary round.

How Does the Copa del Rey Work?

One-hundred-and-twelve-clubs will be whittled down to 56 after the first round. This then drops to 28 after the second round, and those teams are joined in the round of 32 by the four sides participating in the Spanish Supercopa. From there the 32 sides are eventually reduced to two via a knockout format.

What Happens if You Win the Copa del Rey?

The winners of the Copa del Rey receives a trophy, a set of medals and around €1 million ($1.2 million) in prize money. The victorious team also qualifies for the following season’s Europa League, provided they do not go on to qualify via their final position in La Liga. If that is the case, the Europa League spot is handed to the highest-place team in the league who has not otherwise qualified for continental soccer.

Both the winners and the runners-up of the Copa del Rey also advance to the next season’s Spanish Supercopa.

How Can I Watch the Copa del Rey on TV?

Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the Copa del Rey on ESPN. Kick-off times (Eastern) are usually in the afternoons of selected midweeks throughout the season.

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