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Espanyol vs Barcelona, Copa del Rey: Team News, Match Preview

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The first Barcelona Derby of the year starts a two-game battle for a place in the Spanish Cup semi-finals. Who wins?

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2017-18 La Liga - FC Barcelona vs RCD Espanyol Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images

Espanyol vs Barcelona


Competition/Round: Copa del Rey quarterfinals, 1st leg

Barcelona injuries: Andrés Iniesta, Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé, Paco Alcácer, Javier Mascherano

Espanyol injuries: Marc Roca, Sergio Sánchez, Jurado

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)

Venue: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA, Canada, Spain), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


It’s Derby time! Playing in the Copa del Rey isn’t that exciting, but when you get two games against your local rival and have 180 minutes to absolutely destroy them you get excited! Barça travel to Espanyol for the first leg and will be hoping to get a few away goals and a good win to take into the return leg at Camp Nou.

Espanyol always come up with reasons that make it even more fun to beat them, but this time they’re just asking for a butt-whooping thanks to this tweet:

Seriously, lads? Like, SERIOUSLY?????


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2)

Cillessen; Semedo, Piqué, Vermaelen, Digne; Roberto, Rakitic, Busquets, Denis; Messi, Suárez

Espanyol (4-2-3-1)

Di. López; J.López, Naldo, Da. López, Aarón; Víctor, Granero; Gerard, Darder, Piatti; Léo Baptistao


PREDICTION

Derbies are always tough, but we’ll get a good win here: 3-1 Barça.