Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Football | Spain

Barcelona © Action Images

Away tests for Barca, Real in Cup



Defending champions Barcelona travel to Cordoba in the Copa Del Rey last 16 first-leg clash on Wednesday.

Playing against a team from a lower division, like Alaves in the previous round, adds a certain risk factor to any cup fixture.

Coach Tito Vilanova and the rest of the coaching staff have made that point clear ahead of the journey to Andalusia, on which they are taking almost the whole first team squad only Valdes, Adriano and Iniesta stay at home.

Cordoba are facing Barcelona just when they have hit on their poorest form of the season. They haven’t won any of their last four games and are no longer among the frontrunners in the second division.

But they’ll be looking to produce a shock on Wednesday, or at least get a result that means they can travel to the Camp Nou on January 10 with their quarter final hopes still intact.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid face La Liga Celta Vigo in the away leg of the last 16 in what will be the seventh time the two teams have been pitted against each other in the competition’s history.

The last match was in 1989 for the quarterfinals in a season where Real pressed on to win the trophy. Statistics favour Real, who have won all their Copa games against Celta except one, the first match between the two in 1941.

"Celta are playing well, we will have the return leg at the Bernabeu and we will ensure that the team is up to scratch to get a good result," said Real assistant coach Aitor Karanka.

Real Squad

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adan y Jesús
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Carvalho, Arbeloa y Nacho
Midfielders: Khedira, Kaka, Ozil, Alonso, Essien, Modric, Callejon y Di Maria.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Morata.

Barca Squad

Pinto, Oier, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Dos Santos, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Song and Tello.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
Celebrating Man U, Mourinho and Pogba
I am not a great fan of Manchester United, Jose Mourinho or even Paul Pogba. Yet I am celebrating...

Sunday Oliseh
Ajax could be United’s worst nightmare
In the early 1970s, a refreshingly new set of young Dutch players, led by the now late, but still...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
N'Golo Kanté not my choice
At the end of the 1999 season in England and after a titanic battle with one of the best Arsenal...

Dr Errol Sweeney
FA to bring in retrospective bans
The English Football Association (the FA) is to introduce retrospective bans for players found...