ESPANYOL VS FC BARCELONA – Copa del Rey : Match preview , Predicted line-ups.By Ashwin Ponnusamy
December 17, 2018
ESPANYOL VS FC BARCELONA
The First Barcelona Derby of the year to be kick-started at the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey.
VENUE: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
COMPETITION / ROUND: Copa del Rey quarterfinals, 1st leg.
DATE / TIME: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 21:00 CET/WAT (Barcelona/Nigeria), 20:00 GMT (UK), 15:00 EST, 12:00 PST (USA), 01:30 IST (India, next day).
BARCELONA: Philippe Coutinho, Arda Turan, Ousmane Dembele, Paco Alcacer, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Deulofeu, Javier Mascherano (doubtful), Andres Iniesta (doubtful)
ESPANYOL: Adrian Lopez, Pablo Piatti, Sergio Garcia, Jario Morillo (doubtful).
The first Barcelona derby of the year is going to kick start with the first leg of the quarter finals of Copa del Rey at the RCDE stadium. This fixture in La Liga may not be that exciting but at this stage of Copa del Rey its going to be absolutely thrilling and exciting to play against your local rival. The home side would be so optimistic to upset the favorites with the home advantage. FC Barcelona would love to go home with a few away goal advantage. We won’t be surprised to see Valverde rotate his squad as we saw in the first leg fixture against Celta Vigo. Dembele and Iniesta being injured on the midfield would possibly get Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez into the starting 11. Rafinha returns from a long-term injury and has been included in the squad. He may possibly get few minutes in the second half. Its really going to be an exciting 180 minutes of a clash between the local rivals.
FC BARCELONA (4-4-2)
Cillessen; Semedo, Piqué, Vermaelen, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho , Andre Gomes , Suarez , Messi .
Di. López; J.López, Naldo, Da. López, Aarón; Víctor, Granero; Gerard, Darder, Piatti; Léo Baptistao.
FC Barcelona 2 – 1 Espanyol.
Photo Courtesy: The Irish Times