Preview - Sevilla vs Barcelona 22 April 2018

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Copa Del Rey Final
Sevilla vs Barcelona
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
04:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Sevilla: 
Last five matches form: L L D D D
CDR Average goals per match: 2.11
CDR Average goals against per match: 0.50
CDR Top Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder (3)

Barcelona:
Last five matches form: W W L W D
CDR Average goals per match: 2.38
CDR Average goals against per match: 0.25
CDR Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (5)

It's cup final time in Spain this weekend as Sevilla take on Barcelona in Madrid in the final of the Copa Del Rey.

Having enjoyed an excellent season overall, with a good run in the Champions League in addition to progress in this competition, Sevilla's form has taken something of a downturn of late. They head into this clash with the champions elect on a seven match winless run, and have uncharacteristically failed to score in three of their past four outings. They are at least close to full strength though, with Sébastien Corchia and Simon Kjaer the only slight doubts.

That remarkable Champions League exit at the hands of Roma has been just about the only blemish on a faultless campaign for Barcelona. Unbeaten in their 33 La Liga outings to date they are within touching distance of an invincible season. Much like Sevilla they are at full strength here, with squad player Sergi Samper the only injury doubt.

The two La Liga clashes between the sides were closely fought affairs with Barcelona winning 2-1 at Camp Nou, and Sevilla coming within minutes of ending Barca's unbeaten run in the 2-2 draw at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

It is Barcelona who arrive here in the better form overall though and they aren't the runaway league leaders for nothing. Take Barca to come out on top in a thriller.


Prediction: Sevilla 2 - 4 Barcelona



Harry85

Half time: 0 - 3
Full time: 0 - 5
Shots: 11 - 14
Shots on target: 7 - 10
Corner Kicks: 2 - 7
Possession: 38% - 62%

Sevilla didn't manage to get on the scoresheet here, but they did make their mark on referee Jesus Gil's notebook, with Gabriel Mercado, Sergio Escudero and Franco Vazquez all having their names taken. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were booked for Barcelona.


Sevilla have played well at times this season, but didn't look to be in particularly good shape in their recent matches leading up to this cup final. Even at their best they may have struggled to live with Barca in this form though and in the end they were simply blown away.


The opener came in the 14th minute. A long ball from keeper Jasper Cillessen finding the Sevilla defence asleep, and Philippe Coutinho racing into the box on the right. Keeper David Soria backed off and off, before eventually deciding to come off his line as Coutinho made it to the by-line and played the ball across goal to find Luis Suarez ready and waiting for the tap in.


The second arrived in the 31st minute. A lovely one-two between Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta on the edge of the box sending Alba in to the area and towards the by-line. A clever back heel to the edge of the six-yard box found Lionel Messi racing in to smash home. Lovely goal.


Another one-two proved Sevilla's undoing in the 40th minute, this time between Suarez and Messi. Messi's return pass really was a killer, taking out three defenders to send Suarez through to finish into the bottom corner. 3-0 to Barca at the break.


And one-two number three came in the 52nd minute. Iniesta to Messi, Messi back to Iniesta racing into the right-hand side of the box. A little shuffle from Iniesta leaving the keeper flapping at thin air allowing the magical Spaniard to finish from a tight angle.


The fifth and final goal came in the 69th minute. Clement Lenglet handling the ball in the area and Philippe Coutinho doing the honours from the resultant spot-kick.

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