Barcelona vs Sevilla

May 20, 2016
By: Milos Markovic

A domestic double is what Barcelona are looking for in this year’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla, who are also keen to add a second piece of silverware that would be a huge achievement following an erratic season.

Barcelona on the rise

Having lost to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and having suffered a major dip in form that almost cost them the La Liga trophy, Barcelona are keen to get back to life and add another trophy to make amends for the European failure. European elimination has brought a barrage of criticism, but Barcelona responded in a fitting manner by retaining La Liga title in the last round of the season with a comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Granada. No team has ever won the Copa del Rey on more occasions than Barcelona and Luis Enrique’s men will be chasing their 28th Cup title when they meet Sevilla on Sunday. The upcoming event will put Luis Suarez under the spotlight once again as Uruguay international has arguably been the best striker in Europe this season with his 59 goals in 52 appearances. Former Liverpool striker has been the top La Liga striker and Sunday will bring the opportunity to increase his tally of five Copa del Rey goals that he scored in three appearances thus far.

Claudio Bravo has missed Barcelona’s last two games through injury and will be out of contention once again as Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the preferred choice for the Cup clashes. The Catalans have no fresh injury concerns and will have a full crop of players to choose from for the final match of the season.

Europa League Kings

Sevilla are heading into the match with Barcelona on the back of an unprecedented success. Rojiblancos have been crowned Europa League champions during the week, following an impressive come-from-behind 3-1 triumph over Liverpool. Unai Emery’s men have won their third straight Europa League title and are finishing the troublesome season on a high, with a Champions League berth secured and team spirits revived following their seventh-place La Liga finish. Unai Emery has been under serious pressure this season with his team struggling to make their presence known in domestic competition, most of all due to their weak on the road performances. Still, a hard-fought photo-finish is having Sevilla fans cheering in excitement once again and there is no doubt that Sevilla supporters will be hoping their team will be able to keep the momentum going in their effort to stun the reigning champions and pip them to Cup glory.

Unlike Barcelona, Sevilla will have several selections problems as the Rojiblancos will be without the services of suspended midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, while Michael Krohn-Dehli and Benoit Tremoulinas are both out with injuries. French defender Adil Rami has picked up a knock against Liverpool, but has insisted he will be fit to have a go in the final.


Sevilla boast a respectable record against Barcelona this season and will be hugely motivated to land another trophy following an impressive Europa League triumph. However, the Catalans are determined to salvage the season and win the double after their Champions League debacle and are sure to go full strength from the off.

Top Pick: Barcelona/Barcelona   1.83 (5/6) @Coral

Alternative pick 1: Barcelona to win both halves   2.67 (5/3) @Unibet

Alternative pick 2: Luis Suarez to score anytime   1.61 (11/18) @888sport

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