Copa del Rey Final: Barcelona vs Sevilla – Match PreviewApril 21, 2018
Saturday’s Copa del Rey final could see Barcelona complete the first part of a domestic double as they take on Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano under Ernesto Valverde’s leadership.
Barcelona are also on the verge of winning their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey trophy after beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 back in 2015 before defeating this year’s finalists, Sevilla 2-0 and Alaves 3-1 last season.
The Rojiblancos have largely under-performed in La Liga this season and not lived up to expectations and now currently sit seventh after no win in seven games in all competitions.
Vincenzo Montella’s men last registered a win when they produced an upset in Manchester and beat Manchester United 2-1 in the Champions League.
Barca have registered four wins out of five against Sevilla in all competitions but needed late goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi to salvage a draw when they met at the end of March.
The runaway league leader’s will be looking to continue dominating Spanish football this season, including stretching their record unbeaten streak to 40.
After resting several players in the draw against Celta Vigo last time out; the likes of Messi and Gerard Pique will surely step back into the starting XI.
Ivan Rakitic broke a finger during the Champions League exit at the hands of Roma but could be in contention to face his former side after doctors gave him the all clear after surgery.
Barca look to be at full strength but the same cannot be said of their opponents as key centre-back Simon Kjaer remains a doubt for the final as he continues to struggle with a hamstring injury.
French right-back Sebastian Corchia will miss the game after failing to recover from a groin problem, but both Pablo Sarabia and striker Luis Muriel are fit to take part.
Predicted Line-ups and score
Barca XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi
Sevilla XI: Soria, Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero, Banega, N’Zonzi, Sarabia, Vazquez, Correa, Ben Yedder
2-0 to Barcelona with goals from Phillipe Coutinho and Paulinho