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Sevilla and Barcelona will meet in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, following the final of the competition last year.
The Blaugrana have adopted this style to win a 5-0 victory in this meeting, and Sevilla will desperately seek revenge, starting with this first leg in front of the fans of Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Barcelona is currently enjoying a prosperous pace, with Lionel Messi starting in 2019 in a sensational form. Given the magnitude of the challenge that awaits them in Andalusia, manager Ernesto Valverde will surely align his number 10, as well as several other key players.
It will be a captivating opportunity between two of the best teams in La Liga. Here are the odds and viewing details for the first leg of the quarter-finals.
Sevilla wins (3-1)
Victory of Barcelona (6-7)
The chances of courtesy of OddsChecker
Date: Wednesday, 22nd of January
Time: 20:30. (GMT), 15:30 (ET)
TV Info: beIN Sports (United States)
Direct: beIN Sports Connect (WE.)
After you have qualified for the last eight of the competition, you will realize that this association would be a match that Seville and Barcelona would have preferred to avoid.
After an excellent start to the season, the 2018-19 season in Seville has lost momentum. They fell in failure in the previous three matches, the 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid on Saturday representing a missed opportunity against a team in trouble.
On Wednesday, their fans will continue to fervently support and Barcelona will have to be wary. Manager Pablo Machin is confident that his players will come back as well:
Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan
"It's true that we have players with a lot of games at a very high level.That's why Seville has been leading the table for three weeks, has entered this level of play with Madrid in third position, now maybe we are not so good, the players have shown their quality and are going again. "
Sevilla faces a curious beast, Blaugrana, because the Valverde team has not been at its best in recent weeks. However, they tend to do enough to get out of games with a positive result.
This was the case on Sunday, when they defeated Leganes 3-1 in a match that should have been much simpler. With a 1-1 level of play, the Barcelona boss has called Messi from the bench. He created one and scored another to earn the three points of his team:
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57: Braithwaite scores for 1-1 for Leganes
64: Barcelona brings Lionel Messi
71: Messi helps Suarez to score 2-1
92: Messi scores and Barca wins 3-1
Once again, Barca's talisman leads an incredible campaign and appears as the most prolific player in European football:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Can anyone stop Lionel Messi from winning Golden Shoe No.6? 😳 https://t.co/fHk6Oev9dn
Although questions remain on the defense of Barcelona, they seem to be attacking at the right moment.
Messi is a master capable of influencing any game at any time, while Luis SuarezProductivity and general nuisance are often neglected. Philippe Coutinho may also have a chance to strengthen his position in the squad after the injury suffered by Ousmane Dembele against Leganes.
Spanish football journalist David Cartlidge criticized the Brazilian's performance in his last match:
David Cartlidge @Davidjaca
Another frustrating and rather useless performance of Coutinho. Terrible decision-making at every turn. The most disturbing thing is that he does not really have the look of anyone who wants to change his current situation.
If Seville manages to do things well as an attacking force here, it is able to cause major problems in Barcelona. Valverde still seems unsure of his best combination at the back and the midfielder best able to protect them.
If the match goes as planned, Barcelona will miss the speed and ability of Dembele to carry the ball. Nevertheless, they have the class to capitalize on an uncertain team from Seville and report a positive result to Camp Nou.
Prediction: Seville 2-2 Barcelona