Competition/Round: 2017-18 Copa del Rey Final
Barcelona team news: No injuries, no suspensions
Sevilla team news: Sébastien Corchia, Simon Kjaer (doubtful, fitness)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9.30pm CET, 8.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3.30pm EST, 12.30pm PST (USA), 1am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
How to watch on TV: ESPNews (USA), TSN2 (Canada), Sky Sports Mix (UK), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria), others
How to stream: WatchESPN (USA), TSN Go (Canada), Sky GO (UK)
It’s Cup Final weekend! The Wanda Metropolitano, home of Atlético Madrid, will be open on Saturday for fans of Barcelona and Sevilla who will be fighting for the Copa del Rey trophy. Winning a title is always really fun, but if you’re a Barça fan, this final is not really that fun. The Blaugrana have won the Copa del Rey the last three seasons, and they’ve also been knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the last three seasons.
The Spanish Cup has become simply a consolation prize for a Barcelona club that has been flirting with European mediocrity, so winning a fourth in a row isn’t really a source of pride and happiness. It’s just confirmation that maybe this is the only Cup we’ll be winning for the next few years. And that’s really sad.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Soria; Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; Banega, N’Zonzi; Sarabia, Vázquez, Nolito; Muriel
I personally don’t give a damn about this game, but I hope we win! 2-1 Barça.