Barcelona vs Sevilla: The Final

By Pavithran Chidambaram

October 15, 2018

Barcelona would be hoping to win the Copa Del Rey for the fourth consecutive time and taking the tally to record Thirty times. After a shocking defeat to Roma in Champions League, the Blaugranes are set to turn the tide with a victory and winning all possible title’s. Iniesta departure is more than confirmed, what’s a more fashionable way to bid farewell to the club legend than lifting a silverware. Sevilla may present an element of surprise who even silenced the Bayern and knocked out Manchester United. Post-New Year the Catalans suffered a dip in form with last three games showing their weakness.

After a major rotation in last league game and resting key players on bid to keep them fresh may do their part. Barcelona would need to be consistent and control the pressure which they failed to do against Roma. With Coutinho and Iniesta the Clues have more creativity and return of Rakitic and Busquets would help them control the game. Messi has been involved in five goals in last five matches in the competition and the last time he faced Sevilla he inspired the team on a comeback and somehow managed the unbeaten streak. At the end, the Catalans with their quality are always the favourite in lifting the silverware.

Competition/Round: 2017-18 Copa del Rey Final

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018,1am IST (India, next day)

VenueWanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain

POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Soria; Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; Banega, N’Zonzi; Sarabia, Vázquez, Nolito; Muriel

Barcelona Injuries: No injuries, no suspensions

Sevilla Injuries: Sébastien Corchia, Simon Kjaer

PREDICTION

Barcelona 2:1 Sevilla

MOTM: Messi

Photo Courtesy: fcbarcelona.com

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