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Barcelona vs Espanyol, Copa del Rey 2nd Leg: Team News, Match Preview

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Can Barça overcome the first leg deficit and move on to the Spanish Cup semi-final?

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2018 New FC Barcelona Signing Philippe Coutinho Press Conference Jan 8th Photo by Pedro Salado/Action Plus via Getty Images

Barcelona vs Espanyol


Competition/Round: Copa del Rey semi-final, 2nd leg

First leg result: Espanyol 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona injuries: Ousmane Dembélé, Thomas Vermaelen

Espanyol injuries: Jairo Morilla, José Jurado, Adrián López

Date/Time: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 21:30 CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 20:30 GMT (UK), 15:30 EST, 12:30PM PST (USA), 02:00 IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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

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


It’s decision time! Barcelona play the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final against Espanyol needing to overcome a 1-0 deficit after the crosstown rivals got a shocking win at home last week. The Blaugrana cannot afford to concede a goal, and even a 2-1 win will mean elimination.

Barça will need to be very good defensively and very efficient with the ball. Thankfully this is exactly what Barça have been under Ernesto Valverde, and Philippe Coutinho could make his debut against his former club. Despite the deficit, Barça remain favorites to reach the Spanish Cup semi-final and definitely have the firepower to get the job done.

Will they do it? We’ll find out.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Espanyol (4-1-4-1): Di.López; Navarro, Duarte, Naldo, Aarón; Da.López; Darder, Fuego, Sánchez, Granero; Gerard


PREDICTION

We are of course going through, and Coutinho is scoring in his debut: 4-1 Barça. You heard it here first.