Barcelona vs SevillaSpanish Cup, KO: 20:00 Mar 3, 2021, Nou Camp
BARCELONA and Sevilla lock horns for their third time in three weeks in what should be a fascinating Copa del Rey semi-final second leg.
The Catalan giants lost by two clear goals at Estadio Ramon earlier this month, but gained a measure of revenge by a win by the same 2-0 scoreline at the same venue on Saturday.
This time they will face off at the Nou Camp and the momentum looks to be with Ronald Koeman after his side's classy weekend win secured thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi wth Barca trying out a 3-1-4-2 system, as opposed to their usual tried and trusted 4-3-3.
With Barca joining Real Madrid in trying to hunt down Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, it could be argued the cup has got a lower priority for the hosts, but they will be desperate to avenge that defeat in Andalusia.
How the bookies view it?
With Barcelona needing to chase the game and that weekend result, it's hardly a surprise to see Barcelona trading at 53/100 with TonyBet. The away win is 5/1 with bet365 and Paddy Power and the draw is 7/2 with Sporting Index.
Recent head to heads
As stated, Barca won 2-0 at Sevilla at the weekend but lost 2-0 in the same city in the first leg. The sides drew 1-1 in October in the Nou Camp. You need to go back to 2010 for Sevilla's last win at Barca's home in a Copa del Rey tie too.
Players to watch
It was goal no.24 this season for Lionel Messi at the weekend and odds of 8/13 for him to score anytime with bet365 reflect the likelihood of him netting again. Antione Griezmann never got off the bench at the weekend and is 10/11 to net anytime.
If Sevilla are going to score, former Barcelona hero Ivan Rakitic could be an intriguing shout. He scored against his old side in the first leg and is 15/2 to score in the game with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
Sevilla's surprise Champions League capitulation to Borussia Dortmund has derailed a train that was chugging along nicely after eight wins in a row.
You'd expect Barca to win this, but they may leave themselves even more wide open than usual when trying to reduce the deficit and that could leave the door open for a Sevilla side who usually net. That means there is value in the 2/1 for a Barcelona win and both teams to score with bet365.
There were seven bookings in the last game and bad blood tends to accumulate when sides meet in quick succession with old scores to be settled, but cards markets are likely to be set pretty high.
Sevilla has the meanest defence in La Liga away from home conceding just nine goals in 12 games, but this could be a gung-ho encounter if Barca launch an expected onslaught and over 3.5 goals at 8/5 with Unibet could land.
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