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How will Barcelona line up against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey?

The holders are in quarter-final action on Wednesday

FC Barcelona v CD Leganes - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

The games are coming thick and fast for Barcelona as they travel to Sevilla on Wednesday for the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.

Ernesto Valverde made plenty of changes against Leganes on Sunday and is likely to switch things around again for the trip to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

Let’s have a look at who might feature:


Cultural Leonesa v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Copa keeper Jasper Cillessen will return in goal for this one, but there may well be changes in defence once again.

Chumi and Juan Miranda have featured regularly in this tournament, but you suspect Ernesto Valverde will go for experience at a tough away ground.

Jeison Murillo is suspended after picking up three cards already in the tournament, so it’s between Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermaelen and Clement Lenglet for the two centre-back spots.

Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba look the most likely options to feature at full-back.


FC Barcelona v Cultural Leonesa - Copa del Rey - Fourth Round Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Ivan Rakitic should return to the starting XI after starting Sunday’s win over Leganes on the bench.

He may be joined by Arturo Vidal who should be fresh, as he did not feature at all in Sunday’s match.

That just leaves one spot up for grabs in midfield and plenty of options for Valverde. Arthur and Carles Alena both impressed against Leganes and either could come in.

Denis Suarez may also come into contention either in a midfield role or further forwards.


FC Barcelona v SD Eibar - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona will be without the injured Ousmane Dembele against Sevilla which may open up a chance for Malcom to impress in attack.

Lionel Messi looks likely to start this one after only featuring as a substitute against Leganes, while Philippe Coutinho could be handed more game time as he searches for his best form.

Possible XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba: Vidal, Rakitic, Alena; Malcom, Messi, Coutinho.

Who do you think should start against Sevilla? Let us know your thoughts, predictions and line-ups in the comments below!

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