FC Barcelona take on Espanyol in the Spanish Copa Del Rey 2017-18 quarterfinal Match on Wednesday night, 17th January 2018 at Camp Nou. It will be a late kickoff starting at around 20:00 uk time and Barcelona have a wonderful chance of getting the better of City rivals and also putting the tie to bed in first leg. However Barcelona have shown defensive frailties over the last couple of weeks and it will be interesting to see how to cope with a very dynamic Espanyol side.
FC Barcelona vs Espanyol Highlights
Spanish La Liga Match
Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 – Time: 21:000 CET / 20:00 UK time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
TV Channels: SkySports (UK), beIN Sports (US, Canada, Australia and Middle-east)
Barcelona vs Espanyol Preview: Its a catalunya derby and Barcelona go into the game slightly under pressure having dropped 6 points behind Real Madrid in title race. But Sunday’s fixture give them oppertunity to close the gap to three as Madrid are busy playing in Club world cup. A win is crucial for Barcelona as it will be the last game before winter.
Last time these two meet back in May 2016, Barcelona put 5 past Espanyol to clinch 2015-16 La Liga title. Luis Enrique will be hoping for another similar result.
Espanyol are no pushovers but they have a moutain to climb in the second leg having already lost 4-1 in first leg. But their manager has vowed to take this game like any other and wants to win it regardless of the aggregate score.
Lionel Messi early first half strike via freekick in just 8th minute had put Barcelona 1-0 up but Espanyol made life difficult for them after that. However Luis Suarez scored two goals just after the break to kill the tie and earn three points for Barcelona as they go into the last weekend on top of the spanish La Liga.
FC Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol Highlights
[Spanish La Liga, Sunday, 08 May 2016 ]
08′ 1 – 0 Lionel Messi amazing freekick gave an early lead for Barcelona to ease the nervous at Camp Nou.
52′ 2 – 0 Luis Suarez continue his rich goal scoring form with yet another amazing performance.
61′ 3 – 0 Luis Suarez he scored his second goal in second half to pretty much seal the tie and ensure pichichi award.
74′ 4 – 0 Rafinha
83′ 5 – 0 Neymar
Enrique has a oppertunity to rest some of the key players which means chance for the likes of Bartra, Vermaelan, Alex Vidal, Mathieu, Arda Turan, Munir El Haddadi and Sergio Roberto to start the game and impress the manager. Messi might play some part in the game as well.
If this game goes like the first leg we are sure to have another feisty encounter in this Catalunya derby. I can see Espanyol exploiting Barcelona’s second string side but Barcelona should have enough quality to get through unscratched.