Copa Del Rey: Hercules vs Barcelona Game Preview and Betting MarketsPublished November 30, 2016 by Sol FH
Barcelona take on Hercules in their first leg of the Copa Del Rey live at 21:00 GMT.
Barcelona are major favorites to beat Hercules tonight in their first leg of the Copa Del Rey. There is little chance of Hercules beating or even drawing with the Blaugrana, but with the first El Clasico set for December 3rd and Iniesta out for tonight's match, could the Segunda Division B club have any chance of creating difficulties?
Barcelona have had their fair share of disappointments recently and critics from around the world agree that the team is in a crisis. They dropped points for the fifth time this season after being held to a draw against Anoeta and anything less than a convincing win tonight will be dreadful for the team.
In past years, Barcelona have had a slow start to the beginning of the Copa Del Rey competition, but usually pick up the pace in later stages. Last year is the perfect example, as Barca traveled to third tier club Villanovense, and were held to a scoreless draw. Luis Enrique should be weary of what could happen to him if Barca does anything other than win tonight.
Barcelona will be starting with Jasper Cillessen in goal, which is the second official appearance. Cillessen and Jordi Masip are still in a battle for the official back-up spot so the Dutchman will be eager to keep a clean sheet.
Hercules are not by any means a pushover and many of you may remember that they actually beat Barcelona back in 2010 at Camp Nou 0-2. There is only one player that remains on the team since that historic victory, Albert Dalmau. The Catalan remembers well the win and hopes that Chechu Flores, the team's top scorer will find the back of the net tonight.
Copa del Rey Betting
Bet365 Sports has planned an excellent evening of Spanish soccer betting for all Copa del Rey matches and for this match, punters can expect to find 85 pre-game markets to choose from. Barcelona are outright favorites at 1.22, while Hercules CF are at 13.00 for the upset win.