Barcelona have a two-goal deficit to overturn to reach the Copa del Rey final, as they host Sevilla at the Nou Camp in the second leg of this semi-final. It brings an end to a sequence of three games between these teams in just a few weeks, coming straight after Saturday’s encounter in La Liga.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 3 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Sevilla: Premier Sports
Last time: Jules Kounde put Sevilla in front in the first half of the first leg, before former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic doubled the hosts’ lead five minutes from time.
Barcelona v Sevilla Predictions and Preview
Barcelona and Sevilla lock horns in the second leg of this Copa del Rey semi-final, with a place in the final against either Athletic Bilbao or Levante up for grabs. The winner of this tie will start as the favourites to lift the trophy, making this a huge match for both of these clubs.
Barca are desperate for some positivity to improve the mood around the club. The Catalan giants are still very much in the title race thanks to Atletico Madrid’s dip in form, but they’ve often been a shadow of their former selves. And lest we forget, club icon Lionel Messi is widely expected to leave for pastures new in the summer.
Prior to the clash at the weekend, Messi had scored an incredible 37 goals against Sevilla throughout his storied career. Six of those have come in the Copa del Rey, and Barcelona’s No.10 will need to be on form if his team are to turn this tie around.
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Messi was certainly on form when hitting a brace against Elche last Wednesday, taking him to the top of the La Liga scoring charts. With a fully-fit and firing Messi at their disposal, the home team are the 11/20 favourites in this Barcelona v Sevilla preview.
The visitors are priced at 5/1, while a draw would be enough to take Sevilla into the final. That’s priced at 10/3 with William Hill, while Los Nervionenses are the odds-on favourites to progress to the final at 3/10. Barca are 12/5 for the same bet, which is certainly not outside the realms of possibility.
Extra-time and penalties are possible if this game finishes 2-0 to Barcelona, with that scoreline priced at 8/1 in the latest odds for Wednesday’s clash. You can back Barca at 20/1 to win the game in extra-time, while either side are 40/1 to triumph on penalties.
Sevilla are still the favourites to qualify though, having won all 10 of their domestic fixtures prior to Saturday’s La Liga meeting between these teams. The outcome of that match could have a significant impact on this semi-final though, with Barcelona taking a 14-game unbeaten run in La Liga into that encounter, winning 11.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi endured a slow start to the season following a turbulent summer. The Argentine maestro is back on song though, scoring six goals in four games ahead of the weekend. Messi will start this game as the favourite to break the deadlock.
One to watch for Sevilla: Youssef En-Nesyri has been enjoying a superb breakthrough season at Sevilla, netting 13 goals in his first 23 La Liga appearances of the campaign. The Moroccan forward is certainly one to watch for a goal in these Barcelona v Sevilla predictions.
Long shot: Barcelona have failed to win any of their three games against Sevilla prior to the weekend. Two of those ended in draws though, with the Blaugrana scoring 14 goals and conceding three in winning the three before that. Barca are 20/1 to win this game 4-1, in what could be a dramatic and highly entertaining night of Copa del Rey action.