Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Linares and Barcelona take on each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at Estadio Municipal de Linajeros in the Copa del Rey last 32. Barcelona are hit by both injuries and COVID-19, but both wing backs Jordi Alba and Dani Alves have been tested positive for the novel-virus. Both Dest and Gavi should return to contention as well. Luuk de Jong, who scored the winner against Mallorca at the weekend, is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting side.
Linares, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Barcelona by beating Alaves 2-1. The Primera RFEF side head into the match following a 4-0 crushing of Sevilla B, but they will have a mountain to climb in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey game. Since Barca have slim chances of winning the La Liga title, they will surely give their best to go all the way in the Spanish Cup.
Highlighted Player (Jordi Alba):
Jordi Alba is yet another product of Barcelona’s youth academy La Masia. The pacey full back, though, started playing for Valencia at senior level and after making 74 league appearances for los Che he returned to Barcelona in 2012.
He signed a five-year deal with Barca on 28 June, 2012 and he made his debut for the Catalan giants on 19 August in a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad. Alba won his third La Liga title with Barca in 2016 and it has to be noted that he participated in a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2014/2015 Champions League final. The left-footed defender made his Spain debut on 11 October, 2011 and one year later he won the European Championship trophy with la Furia Roja.
He scored in the final against Italy. Jordi Alba has four caps for Spain U21 team and he played for Catalonia as well. The left back was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat on 21 March, 1989.
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.