Barcelona Tries to Mount a Successful Defense of Copa Del ReyPublished May 22, 2016 by Florin P
Recently crowned champions square off in Copa del Rey (8:30 p.m UK Time).
Sevilla did it again and won the Europa League for the third time in four years and now has just one more important match to play. Liverpool was a tough opponent, but the one they will taking on over the weekend is from an entirely different league. Barcelona has won the domestic championship once again but failed to reach the Champions League final and is in a dire need for the Copa del Rey trophy.
Rare Victories on the Road
Sevilla is the only Spanish team that finished the regular season without winning a single match on the road. They were not too effective in cup games either but somehow found a way to win those decisive matches and the recent Europa League victory is the perfect example. Now they will take on Barcelona in Madrid and they can expect to have more local fans on their side.
This is unfortunately the only advantage that Sevilla has in this match, with Barcelona being the better side on all levels. The last time the two teams met the reigning champions won, avenging the first leg defeat but on both occasions it was Sevilla who scored first. Interesting enough, in the last 10 games, both teams scored at least once so there is a high probability for many goals to be scored on Sunday as well.
Only Three Days to Recuperate
Sevilla has won the Europa League on Wednesday evening and the players celebrated that victory in Basel before returning home. They only had three days to regain their strength, before playing an even more difficult match against Barcelona.
By comparison, their opponents are well rested, have no players missing due to injuries or suspension, so they can field the best starting formation. Everything suggests a comfortable victory for Barcelona but risk-averse punters can settle for even odds offered by bet365 Sports on the champions to win by two goals or more.