Copa Del Rey Final Preview - Barcelona vs Valencia 26 May 19

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Copa Del Rey Final
Barcelona vs. Valencia
Sunday, May 26th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarin

Barcelona: 
Last five matches form: W L L W D
Average goals per match (CDR): 2.38
Average goals against per match (CDR): 1.00
Top Scorer (CDR): Luis Suarez & Philippe Coutinho (3)

Valencia:
Last five matches form: L W L W W
Average goals per match (CDR): 1.63
Average goals against per match (CDR): 0.88
Top Scorer (CDR): Santi Mina & Rodrigo (4)


This weekend the attention of the Spanish footballing world turns to Sevilla, as the Benito Villamarin plays host to this seasons Copa Del Rey Final. It's La Liga Champions Barcelona vs Valencia in what should be an excellent contest.


Barcelona are the most successful side in the history of the competition having lifted the trophy on no fewer than 30 occasions. Valencia will be bidding to lift the trophy for an eighth time.


Not too many sides managed to avoid defeat against Barcelona in La Liga this season, but Valencia were one of them, with the game at Camp Nou finishing 2-2 and the fixture at the Mestalla ending 1-1.


Marc-André ter Stegen, Luis Suárez and Rafinha all look likely to miss out for Barcelona. Valencia will be without Denis Cheryshev.


Barcelona have ended the season in slightly mixed form but have still scored two or more in six of their past nine. They do have a couple of key injuries though, with Suárez in particular likely to be a big miss up top.


Valencia likewise haven't been particularly consistent with three wins and four defeats in their past seven. They should be in fairly buoyant mood though having secured Champion's League football.


There's been nothing to split these two in the league this season, and it may well be the same here. We wouldn't be surprised should extra time and penalties be required.



Prediction: Barcelona 2 - 2 Valencia



Harry85

Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  26 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 9 - 2
Possession: 77% - 23%


Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal were booked for Barcelona with referee Alberto Undiano also taking the names of Jose Gaya and Geoffrey Kondogbia of Valencia.


They only had 23% of the ball, around three times fewer total shots and as quarter as many corners in the game, but it was Valencia who found a way to get the job done in this years Copa Del Rey final. Forging an early lead, the managed to withstand just about everything Barcelona threw at them to lift the trophy for an eighth time.


Valencia flew out of the traps and were very nearly in front as early as the fifth minute in this one. Rodrigo only being denied by a brilliant goal-line clearance from Gerard Pique.

Barcelona then began to take control in typical style, but were struggling with the final ball and finish, and then in the 21st minute they did fall behind. Jose Gaya laying the ball across for Kevin Gameiro just inside the area. The frontman taking a touch to his right and thundering an effort into the top right corner.

12 minutes later, Valencia had one hand on the trophy. A power-packed surge down the right flank from Carlos Soler and an excellent cross to find Rodrigo who headed down into the ground and in from around three yards. 0-2 at the break.

Messi came oh so close to halving the deficit early in the second half when seeing a stabbed volley from inside the area to the right come back off the left-hand post.

Barca then did grab a lifeline with 17 minutes still to play. A corner from the right headed goal wards by Clement Lenglet and coming back off some combination of keeper and tight-hand post. Messi on hand to tap home from a couple of yards. Try as they might though, they couldn't find an equaliser. 1-2 final score.





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