Welcome to the Copa del Rey! The Spanish Cup starts this week, and Barcelona begin their journey as three-time defending champions with a trip to Real Murcia in the first leg of their Round of 32 tie.
Barça are massive favorites to get through this round, and because the opponent is weak and there’s a second leg to come at Camp Nou, manager Ernesto Valverde has decided to rest several key first team players and invited four players from the Academy to join the 16-man squad for tonight’s game.
This is a big chance for the young kids to impress, and while you can’t watch Lionel Messi in this one because he’s getting a day off, it’s an opportunity to watch some of the young players who might be superstars in the next few years. Please, don’t miss this one.
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 9:30pm local time, 8:30pm (UK & Nigeria), 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT (USA), 1am IST (India, Wednesday)
Venue: Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain
HOW TO WATCH
Television: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), Not Televised (UK, India), Kwesé Sports 2 (Nigeria)
Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA, Canada, Spain), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
Barcelona starting XI:
Cillessen; Semedo, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Digne; Aleñá, Gomes, Denis; Deulofeu, Alcácer, Arnáiz
Real Murcia starting XI:
Santomé; Ortiz, Mateos, Orfila, Juanra; Escribano, Llorente, Jordan, Molinero; Nadjib, Elady