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January 10, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
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Barcelona - Cordoba Preview: Copa del Rey quarter-finals in sight for Catalans

The Blaugrana go into the game with a 2-0 cushion from the first leg between the two sides and will hope to finish off the job in front of home support at Camp Nou

By Alec Fenn

Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez - Barcelona - Espanyol
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


BARCELONA
Juventus
 Valdes
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa





CORDOBA
Juventus
Garcia
Fernandez, Gaspar, Alberto, Fuentes
Garai
Pedro, Caballero, Dubarbier
Vico
Rennella

After a week of incredible individual success, Barcelona will turn their collective attentions back to team pursuits when they take on Cordoba in the second-leg of their last 16, Copa del Rey clash on Thursday evening.

Lionel Messi was awarded a fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or on Monday, beating off competition from team-mate Andres Iniesta, while a host of Blaugrana colleagues were named in the FIFPro World XI.

All that, of course, will count for nothing when the Segunda Division outfit arrive at Camp Nou, but with the cushion of a 2-0 first leg already in hand - thanks to a double from the Argentine - the odds are firmly stacked in the home side's favour.

Tito Vilanova will not be present in the dug-out to guide his side into the quarter-finals, as he sees a specialist in New York over his illness, but a strong line-up could be selected as Barca look shrug off any lingering rustiness from a two-week winter break.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have won the Copa del Rey 26 times. Their first success came back in 1928 and their last in 2012.
  • The Blaugrana beat Deportivo Alaves 6-1 on aggregate in the last round of the competition.
  • Messi (pictured, right) won a record fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or on Monday and scored twice in the first leg clash against Cordoba.
  • Cordoba sit in 12th place in Segunda Division, 21 points behind leaders Elche.
  • Thursday's visitors go into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw with Mirandes on Sunday.
  • A 4-2 aggregate victory over Real Sociedad sealed the Andalusian club's clash against the Catalans.
  • The Blanquiverdes play their home football at the Nuevo Arcangel stadium, which has a capacity of 18,280.


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Available Squads
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
22Daniel AlvesDefender
2MontoyaDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
24Sergi RobertoMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
15BartraDefender
16BusquetsMidfielder
12Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
18Jordi AlbaDefender
10MessiStriker
20TelloStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
13M. SaizarGoalkeeper
18FuentesDefender
17FernándezDefender
5ArmandoDefender
-López GaraiMidfielder
21Carlos CaballeroMidfielder
19López SIlvaMidfielder
20Alberto AguilarMidfielder
29FedeMidfielder
-Sebastian DubarbierDefender
41JoseluStriker
1Alberto GarcíaGoalkeeper
-KikoDefender
8CristianDefender
23AbelMidfielder
15PedroMidfielder
9PatiñoStriker
-Vincenzo RennellaStriker
Players to Watch
David Villa
David Villa
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
The Spain striker has seen his first team opportunities limited since recovering from a broken leg, resulting in rumours of his departure from Camp Nou. But he should be handed the chance to impress against Cordoba and he will want to grab it with both hands.
Vincenzo Rennella
Vincenzo Rennella
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Few would tip Cordoba to upset the odds and defeat Barcelona on Thursday, but in the 24-year-old they do have a player capable of finding the back of the net. The striker has scored five goals in 12 starts this season and the Blaugrana defence will have to be wary of his threat.
Probable Lineups
José Pinto Colorado 13
Carles Puyol 5
Daniel Alves 22
Montoya 2
Javier Mascherano 14
Cesc Fàbregas 4
Alex Song 17
Thiago Alcántara 6
Sergi Roberto 24
David Villa 9
Alexis Sánchez 9
M. Saizar 13
Fuentes 18
Fernández 17
Armando 5
López Garai 0
Carlos Caballero 21
López SIlva 19
Alberto Aguilar 20
Fede 29
Sebastian Dubarbier 0
Joselu 41
Prediction
The hosts have enjoyed a near-flawless season so far and that doesn't like like changing on Thursday night. With a 2-0 lead already in the bag, expect Barcelona to confirm their place in the quarter-finals with ease.
Editor's Prediction
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2