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Copa del Rey

  • 9 February 2012
  • • 01:30
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 90237
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Barcelona win Aggregate 3 - 1

Copa del Rey Preview: Barcelona - Valencia

The injury-hit Catalan outfit hold a slender advantage heading into Wednesday's semi-final second leg showdown with Unai Emery's side


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA


Pinto
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal
Xavi, Mascherano, Fabregas
Sanchez, Messi, Tello

VALENCIA


Alves
Miguel, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu
Albelda, Banega
Piatti, Jonas, Alba
Soldado

Sergio Busquets is a major doubt for Barcelona's make-or-break clash with Valencia after he suffered a gash to his knee in Saturday's win over Real Sociedad.

The defensive midfielder's injury stretches an already long sick list at Camp Nou, with Andres Iniesta, Pedro and David Villa all sidelined.

Coach Pep Guardiola could retain Cristian Tello in attack after the youngster impressed against Sociedad, while Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique and Alexis Sanchez are all likely to be restored to the starting line-up after being rested in the weekend fixture.

Valencia coach Unai Emery looks set to recall Ever Banega and Jonas to starting XI after the midfield duo were rested for Sunday's goalless draw at Atletico Madrid.

Los Che need to score to have any chance of progressing to the final, as Carles Puyol's header in the 1-1 draw at the Mestalla last week gives the Catalans the advantage on the away goals rule.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona are the most successful club in Copa del Rey history, having won it 25 times and finishing runners-up 10 times.
  • The Catalan giants haven't lost a competitive match at Camp Nou since September 2010.
  • With a seating capacity of just over 99,000, Barcelona's Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe.
  • Valencia have won just once in their last nine away games in all competitions.
  • Los Che haven't won at Barcelona for more than eight years, with their last victory coming in October 2003.
  • Roberto Soldado (pictured) is the Mestalla club's leading scorer this campaign with 20 goals.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Valencia

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
75%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 1
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
FC Barcelona FCB
2 - 0
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL

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