Before the UEFA Champions League kicks off next week, this week is all about cup action in Europe’s top five leagues. That means in Spain, Copa del Rey games will be on display.
Two Copa del Rey games will be played this week. And those two semi-final games will be contested over two legs. With a place in the final up for grabs, all four teams involved will be hoping to make the most of their first-leg games.
One of such teams is Barcelona.
With Atletico Madrid seeming to run away with the league title, the Copa del Rey is one avenue for Barca to not end the season trophyless. Being Ronald Koeman’s first season in charge, the Dutch manager will be hoping his players make the most of their first leg clash against Sevilla. With Julen Lopetegui as the opposing manager in this game, Koeman will also be searching for his first win over the Spanish manager as their last meeting ended in a draw.
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Both sides are currently on a winning run of games, with Sevilla winning their last seven while Barcelona have won their last six. While Barcelona have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four, Sevilla have kept a clean sheet in their last five.
While they worry about getting a first leg advantage, the Catalan giants will be wary of an opponent that has scored the first goal in all of their last seven games.
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In their other Copa del Rey semi-final game, Athletic Bilbao take on Levante. Levante may have lost all of their last four games against this particular opponent. However, they are currently on a nine-game unbeaten run of games. With their opponents unable to keep a clean sheet in their last nine games, the Granotas will be hoping to steal an away win in this one.
Only one of the last 18 games between these two sides has recorded one goal. It’s usually a goal fiesta when these two sides meet. And with a Copa del Rey final at stake, you can expect both sides to try and score as many goals as possible.
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