Foot Predictions shows the Copa del Rey clash on Wednesday between Sevilla and Barcelona, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Shaped sides Sevilla and Barcelona face at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Copa del rey semifinal.
Sevilla have won their last seven games in all competitions, six of them without conceding goals, while Barça have won six in a row.
The winners of this round will face Athletic Bilbao or Levante in the final.
Barça may be in good shape, but they have often gotten into the habit of doing things the hard way – the last case in point was Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Real Betis.
The Catalan giants won the victory three minutes from time by means of a Francisco trincão goal, keeping his La Liga title hopes alive in the process.
There are now six consecutive league wins for Ronald KoemanThe team is improving, but with Atletico Madrid showing no signs of slipping, Barça may have to focus on cup competitions.
It took overtime to beat Cornella and Granada in two of the previous three Copa del Rey rounds, with the other win being against Rayo Vallecano.
Sevilla also needed an additional 30 minutes to defeat Leganes in the last 32, before overtaking Valencia and beating Almeria to define this semifinal.
Julen LopeteguiThe Spanish team has a lot of pedigree in the main national cup competition in Spain, having won it on five previous occasions, including three in the last 11 years.
This is insignificant when compared to the history of the Barcelona champion 30 times in the competition, his most recent success occurring in 2018-19.
However, success in the past doesn’t count for much, and Sevilla has proved very impressive in the last month, having spent five games without conceding goals in all competitions.
Los Nervionense drew 1-1 with Barça when the teams last met in the league four months ago, with Philippe Coutinho canceling Luuk de Jongthat opener.
However, Sevilla have not won in the last five meetings with the Catalans and suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat the last time they met in this competition, two years ago.
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Barcelona suffered a blow on Monday as the defender was confirmed Ronald Araujo will miss the next month with an ankle problem, leaving them seriously short in the back.
Sergi roberto is also back on the sidelines, while Gerard Pique, Coutinho and Ansu Fati are absent for a long time with knee injuries.
Lionel Messi had an instant impact with a bank goal against Betis and it is almost certain that he will return to the first team here.
Sevilla will host the former Barça midfielder Ivan Rakitic back from a game suspension.
Diego carlos returned to the center of defense in the 3-0 win over Getafe at the weekend after recovering from the coronavirus, with the highly rated Jules Kounde beside him.
Lopetegui has many attack options and will make the most of his squad during an intense series of games.
Possible initial line-up for Sevilla:
Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Rekik; Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic; Suso, En-Nesyri, Ocampos
Possible initial line-up for Barcelona:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Griezmann, Messi
Probability: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona
Sevilla have won seven consecutive games and Barcelona have won six in a row, so something has to give at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night.
The last two clashes between the teams ended in a draw and we are betting that this should end the same way, with a tasty second leg at Camp Nou in early March.