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Barcelona vs Espanyol

Competition – Copa del Rey

Stadium – Estadio Camp Nou

Date: 25th January 2018

Kick-off time – 20:30 GMT

Espanyol’s 1-0 win in the first leg of this clash was their first win over their local rivals in 9 years and they will be looking to build on that in this game.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty in that game and it was predictably a hostile environment for the league leaders.

Despite that win however, it will still take something of a miracle for them to win at Barcelona in this game as the hosts are by far the best team in the Spanish league this season.

Espanyol lost to Sevilla at the weekend but prior to that they were on a run of 4 games without a defeat, winning 3.

Barcelona bounced back emphatically from their first loss in 30 games by running riot against Real Betis at the weekend – 0-5 was the final score line and they will be looking to take that momentum with them to this game.

They defeated Espanyol by the same score line when the Catalans visited them earlier in the season but that Espanyol team has improved considerably and although they are 14th in the league table, they will give their all for a derby clash like this especially in the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona are favourites here and they are expected to launch waves of attack at Espanyol in this game until they are able to break them down.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona 14 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 5-0 Celta Vigo 11 Jan, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Barcelona 3-0 Levante 7 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Celta Vigo 1-1 Barcelona 4 Jan, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona 23 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Bilbao 14 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Levante 0-2 Espanyol 11 Jan, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Málaga 0-1 Espanyol 8 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Espanyol 1-2 Levante 4 Jan, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Espanyol 1-0 Atletico Madrid 22 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol 9 Sep, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona 29 Apr, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol 18 Dec, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 0-1 Espanyol 25 Oct, 2016 Friendly

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