Copa del Rey Quarter Final: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona

Published January 20, 2016 by Sol FH

Copa del Rey Quarter Final: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona

The first match of the Copa del Rey Quarter Final kicks off at 20:00 GMT and the biggest question is does Bilbao have any chance against Barcelona after losing to them just three days ago?

It was more of an onslaught than a soccer match on Sunday Night, as Barcelona maimed Athletic Bilbao 6-0. Messi started the show scoring on a penalty kick after just 6 minutes. Messi then setup a brilliant goal by Neymar. In the second half it was all about Suarez and his incredible hat trick and a quick goal by Rakitic, handing Bilbao is biggest loss of the season.

The biggest problem for Athletic is they need to do it all over again tonight, except that they are now at San Mames, but it's hard to say how much that will really mean when a team like Barca is at your door.

Barcelona is now just two points off Atletico Madrid for first place in La Liga with a game in hand, and they are enroute to the Copa del Rey Championships and should get there with ease since Real was knocked out so early. Luis Enrique has told his squad not to get cocky with so many matches to play and that they should head into tonight's match without forgetting that it was Bilbao that beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup last August.  Athletic manager Ernesto Valverde will have Aritz Aduriz at his disposal, the same striker that scored a 15-minute hat trick in a win against Barcelona, back from his suspension.

Barcelona will be without Suarez who is serving a two-match ban for provoking players on Espanyol's side in the last round. Jordi Alba is also out due to injury, but Barca has too much talent for it to really matter.

Copa del Rey Betting

Wagering on the Copa del Rey matches could not be any easier thanks to bet365 Sports. The UK sportsbook has pre-match and live in-play markets for punters eager to test their skill and their luck on tonight's Quarter Final. Barcelona are way out in from at 1.83, while Bilbao are locked in at 4.20. Correct Score props could be the most profitable if one makes the right wager, as the odds are very high for all that guess the outcome correctly.

 

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