Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
All eyes will be on Camp Nou when Barcelona and Sevilla go head to head in the Copa del Rey semis, return leg. Ronald Koeman’s troops did well to beat Sevilla 2-0 in La Liga at the weekend, and, no doubt, the Catalans are high on confidence ahead of Wednesday’s clash. Talented midfielder Pedri, who suffered an injury in the 2-0 win over los Sevillanos, has joined the likes of Coutinho, Fati, Pjanic, and Roberto in the recovery room.
As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Leo Messi, who found the net in Saturday’s La Liga match. Julen Lopetegui’s troops, on the other hand, are on a quest to defend their two-goal advantage in the return leg. Sevilla, though, failed to impress in the La Liga defeat to Barca, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Both Acuna and Ocampos are likely to miss the game through injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Sevilla):
Sevilla Futbol Club is a Spanish football club from the city Andalucia. The club is playing in the Spanish Primera Division and is playing his home games in Estadio Ramo Sanchez Pizjuan. An impressive venue with the capacity to hold 45 500 football fans. The biggest rival of Sevilla FC is city rival Real Betis Sevilla.The current second team of Sevilla is called Sevilla Atletico and is playing in the Segunda Division B. Nicknames for Sevilla are Los nervionenses and Los Rojiblancos.
Sevilla won the Spanish title once in 1946. In Spain Sevilla won the Copa del Rey 4 times. In European competitions the team had more success. The club managed to win the Europa League 4 times and is currently the most successful club in the Europa League.
The most remarkable players that played for Sevilla FC are: Suker, Zamorano, Alves, Ramos, Rakitic and the legendary Diego Maradona.