Spanish league champions Barcelona host Europa league champions Sevilla in the final of the Copa Del Rey 2015/16 on Sunday at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid.
Barcelona will be gunning for their 28 Copa del Rey tittle and are the defending champions of the competition. The Spanish giants savored a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in last year finals at their own home, the Nou Camp.
Sevilla will be riding on the back of their Wednesday’s Europa League victory, as they search for their first domestic cup title since 2010. Sevilla are five times winner of the competition, with their last Copa Del Rey triumph happening with a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in 2010 at Camp Nou.
Barcelona are making third consecutive appearance in the final of the Copa Del Rey. The Blaugrana lost in 2014 finals to arch rivals Real Madrid, but bounce back with a 3-1 triumph over Atletico Bilbao a season later. Sevilla on the other hand will be making their second finals in the competition in seven years and first in six years.
Barcelona have lost 10 out of the last 37 Copa Del Rey final they have featured in since the inception of the competition, with the most recent happening in 2104. Sevilla on the other hand have lost 2 out of the last 7 Copa Del Rey final they have featured in, with the last Copa Del Rey Final defeat happening in 1962.
Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3)
Ter Stegen – Mascherano, Pique, Alba, Alves – Rakitic, Iniesta, Turan – Messi, Neymar, Suarez.
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Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Soria – Escudero, Carrico, Rami, Mariano – Krychowiak, Nzonzi – Vitolo, Banega, Coke – Gameiro.
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Barcelona Vs Sevilla: Head-to-Head
Both teams are meeting in the Copa Del Rey final for the time. However, both teams have countless of battle among them in other competitive league, with the recent one happening in February, 2016.
The two legged affair in the league this season produced a 50:50 results, with both legs ending in a 2-1 victory for both Barcelona, and Sevilla In each of their home ground. In addition Barcelona has won more games in the last 10 meeting between the two sides. Barcelona has 8 victories in 10, compared to Sevilla 1 victory in 10.
Barcelona vs Sevilla: Prediction
Both teams have a chance of winning a double come the end of 90 plus minutes on Sunday. Sevilla are already Europa League champions, while Barcelona have already won the Spanish La Liga this season.
The game promises an exciting prospect for both fans, whose hope and emotion will run in and prove important for both side performances at the Vicente Calderon. It will therefore be difficult to pitch my tent with a particular side, as both teams have a chance of a go at the tittle.
However, I will give Barcelona a 60% chance of scooping the tittle.