Barcelona are down two goals heading into the second leg of the Copa del Rey against Sevilla. Despite keeping 54% possession and collecting 13 shots, Barcelona could not overcome the strong defensive play of Sevilla in the first leg. Jules Kounde and Ivan Rakitic scored on either side of halftime for Sevilla to win.
The clubs met at the weekend in La Liga with Barcelona claiming a 2-0 victory. They head into the game on the back of a two-match winning streak in La Liga. Sevilla were on a brilliant winning streak until the weekend loss against Barcelona. Despite the loss to the Blaugrana, Sevilla won’t be bothered with losing that match heading into the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal. Los Rojiblancos can certainly gain passage to the final of the competition.
On Thursday, the second leg of the semifinal between Levante and Athletic Bilbao will take place. That semifinal tie is level at 1-1. Athletic Bilbao could play in the 2020 and 2021 Copa del Rey Final after last season’s final was postponed.
Sevilla are up 2-0 going into Camp Nou have won once and draw a game against Barcelona this season. Thursday night’s match is the rubber match between the two sides and will be the most important fixture between them this season.
Barcelona vs Sevilla Betting Odds
According to leading sportsbooks, Barcelona are heavy favourite to win at home against Sevilla. The Blaugrana are 11/20 to win at home in the second leg of the Copa del Rey and to win against Sevilla for the second time in a week. Looking at Barcelona’s La Liga form, they are atop the form table in the league with 16 points from their last 18 on offer.
As the Copa del Rey first leg showed, Barcelona’s form may not carry over the competition. They lost 2-0 in the first leg and Julen Lopetegui could park the bus at Camp Nou. Sevilla are a strong defensive team. They have conceded 29 goals in all competitions this season for an average of 0.78 goals per match. Sevilla are at odds of 5/1 to win away on Thursday night the Copa del Rey.
Los Rojiblancos are second in the La Liga form standings. They conceded just twice over the course of their last six games and those two goals were both scored by Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman’s side will be confident of winning against Sevilla just days after Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi scoring on either side of halftime in the league to win. Barcelona go into the match averaging 2.11 goals per game and conceding 1.00 goals a match.
Barcelona vs Sevilla Team News
The big issue surrounding Barcelona going into the match is a problem off the pitch – imagine that. On Monday, Catalan police raided the club’s offices and made several arrests due to an investigation into financial issues. Ex-president and CEO Josep Bartomeu was also arrest on Monday.
Koeman’s injury list expanded at the weekend with an injury to Pedri. The forward suffered an ankle injury and won’t return until late March. Ronald Araujo and Miralem Pjanic are both suffering from ankle injuries. Like Pedri, the duo is not expected to play until March. Sergi Roberto has a thigh injury and may not play.
Philippe Coutinho is nearing a return from a knee injury. He did suffer a recent setback in training which could keep him out slightly longer than hoped. Ansu Fati remains out with a knee injury. He is expected back in April. Koeman may be doing well in the league currently, but reports on Monday indicate Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could take over in the summer.
Lopetegui has two injury issues heading into the week. Lucas Ocampos has an ankle injury and Marcos Acuna has a hamstring issue. Both players are expected back this month, but Wednesday night’s match could be too soon for a return.
Barcelona vs Sevilla Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 5/4 - BET NOW
Two of the three games between Barcelona and Sevilla this season finished with both teams not scoring goals. Four of the last five games in all competitions between the rivals also ended with both teams not finding the back of the net. Barcelona will go forward and try to score goals. Sevilla could park the bus and aim to hit the Blaugrana on the break. Don’t expect to see the same Sevilla side that lost 2-0 to Barcelona at the weekend to show up in midweek.
Under 2.5 goals scored @7/5 - BET NOW
All three matches played this season between Barcelona and Sevilla finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Their first La Liga fixture ended 1-1 while the reverse match was 2-0 in favour of Barcelona. Sevilla won the Copa del Rey first leg fixture 2-0. Four of Sevilla’s last five matches finished with under 2.5 goals. Three of Barcelona’s last five games finished with under 2.5 goals.
Sevilla to qualify for the Copa del Rey Final @ 3/10 - BET NOW
Sevilla need to keep from losing this match. It seems simple, right? Los Rojiblancos were the best team in the first leg and outplayed Barcelona despite the Blaugrana having superior stats. Sevilla are a good team, especially in defence. Just 0.78 goals are allowed per game by Sevilla in all competitions.
Barcelona need Lionel Messi to step up and score goals to get them through to the final. He has tallied 35% of Barcelona’s goals in 2020-21. If Barcelona fail to reach the Copa del Rey Final – and everything else stays the same – they will fail to win any piece of silverware. The club lost the Supercopa de Espana to Athletic Bilbao and are unlikely to win La Liga or progress past Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Wednesday night’s game will be a close affair with Barcelona struggling to get through. They’ve got to score at least twice to level the scoreline.
Barcelona vs Sevila Tips
Here are our Barcelona vs Sevilla tips for Wednesday's Copa Del Rey Semi-final match at the Camp Nou.
1. Both teams to score: NO @ 5/4
2. Under 2.5 goals scored @7/5
3. Sevilla to qualify for the Copa del Rey Final @ 3/10
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