Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A place in te Copa del Rey semis will be at stake when Granada and Barcelona go head to head at Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes on Wednesday evening. Los Granadinos did well to crush Navalcarnero 6-0 in the last 16, but they are on a three-game winless run in La Liga. The Andalusian outfit are eager to claim a major scalp in the Spanish Cup, but given Barca’s form ahead of the trip to Granada, home win should not be considered.
The likes of Gonalons, Lozano, Milla, Quina, and Quini are all out of contention with injuries. Barca, on the other hand, are on a four-game winning run in all competitions, and they must be high on spirits ahead of Wednesday’s clash. Since Leo Messi is likely to keep his place in the starting XI, we are tempted to put our money on Ronald Koeman’s troops. Coutinho, Dest, Fati, and Pique remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Maxime Gonalons):
The 27-year-old France international defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons has been with Lyon since the tender age of 10, climbing through the club’s rank all the way to the first-team regular and club captain. Gonalons made his competitive debut for Lyon in 2009 against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League playoof round when he came on for Jeremy Toulalan.
During the seven seasons with Lyon’s first-team, Maxime Gonalons established himself as the mainstay completing the total of 212 Ligue 1 appearances. Reliable midfielder has been a major impact in Lyon’s Champions League challenges as well, taking part in all of his club’s five appearances in Europe’s elite competition last year.
Playing in the holding role at Lyon, Maxime Gonalons’ influence is pivotal as the French international adds much needed steel to the midfield allowing his more creative teammates the freedom and carelessness upfront. His locker room impact is equally crucial as the 27-year-old midfielder is an imposing figure both on and off the pitch.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is 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.