Cultural Leonesa vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview

Cultural Leonesa vs Barcelona
Spanish Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK / 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal Reino de Leon (Leon).

Cultural Leonesa attract big guns in Copa del Rey these years. They were drawn to play the likes of Real Madrid two years ago in the last 32 round and are about to face Barcelona at the same stage of the competition this time around.

The team which features the third division of Spanish football did not actually have much luck in mentioned matches against Los Blancos. They shipped as many as 13 goals in two legs against Madrid. Can they do better here against Messi-free Barcelona?

It’s hard to expect such scenario if you are Leonesa’s fan given Barcelona have just bagged five goals past bitter rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday at Camp Nou. It was a magnificent showing from Ernesto Valverde’s men who proved they can offer a world-class display against such a strong opposition without the like of Lionel Messi in the squad. Luis Suarez stole the show by bagging a hat-trick on the occasion. The Uruguayan striker will likely be rested here against Leonesa, much like most of first team regulars.

Cultural Leonesa vs Barcelona: Head-to-head

The two sides met each other at this stage of the competition back in the 2009/10 season.

Barcelona advanced 7-0 on aggregate.

Blaugrana won the away fixture 0-2 before bagging five in the reverse fixture at Camp Nou.

Cultural Leonesa vs Barcelona: Prediction

Cultural Leonesa took advantage of the easier draw to reach this stage. They eased past the fourth-division side Lorca 0-3 in the previous round ten days ago. They have generally been in good touch lately winning five and drawing one of last five matches across competitions. The latest of successes came on Saturday when Victor Cea’s men saw off Internacional 3-1 at home.

The gulf in quality between the two teams in massive, but we will try and take advantage of the 1.83 odds offered for the hosts not to lose by three or more goals difference here. Valverde will use a reserve squad here which is why we will alternatively back the Under 4.5 goals FT bet at 1.40.

Cultural Leonesa vs Barcelona: Bet Tips

  • Cultural Leonesa +2.5 handicap @ 1.83 (5/6)
  • Under 4.5 goals FT @ 1.40 (2/5).