Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
All eyes will be on RCDE Stadium when Espanyol and Barcelona face each other in the Catalan derby in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, first leg. Espanyol face an uphill task in Wednesday’s football match against their local rivals, but, one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Los Periquitos have been in a fine form of late and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the Spanish Cup clash against Barca. Ernesto Valverde’s men came from two goals behind to beat Real Sociedad in San Sebastian at the weekend, with the team finally breaking “the Anoeta spell”. Barcelona are high on confidence ahead of the Copa del Rey clash and we predict that the visitors are going to extend their winning run in all competitions to four matches. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Leo Messi, who is enjoying yet another season to remember.
Highlighted Player (Victor Sanchez):
Victor Sanchez began his senior career at Barcelona, playing eight games for the Catalan giants in La Liga. He played for Barca B and Barca C in the past as well, but in 2011 he signed a two-year deal with Swiss side Neuchtatel Xamax. In the 2012 winter transfer window Sanchez returns to Spain, but this time out he joined Barca’s local rivals Espanyol. The midfielder, who is capable of playing as a defender as well, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with los Periquitos and he has been playing for the club ever since. Victor Sanchez won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies in the 2008/2009 season with Barcelona. He has yet to make his Spain debut, but he has three caps for Catalonia. Victor Sanchez made seven appearances for Barcelona in the 2008/2009 campaign. Sanchez has a contract with Espanyol, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The midfielder was born on 8 September, 1987 in Terrasa.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona are a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past. The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957. Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.