Barcelona and Sevilla Dispute the Spanish Copa del Rey
May 21, 2016
Sevilla is celebrating the win of the Europa League for a historical third consecutive time and fifth time in history, and of course the qualification to the UEFA Champions, after beating Liverpool on Tuesday.
The Spaniards will now head back to Spain to face Barcelona for the Copa del Rey final on Sunday, May 22 at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. A very interesting game, were both teams are looking to achieve the doublet, Sevilla the Europa League and Copa del Rey and Barcelona La Liga and Copa del Rey. Only one team can win… which one will it be?
Barça or Sevilla and Why?
Barca is the most successful team lifting the Copa del Rey trophy a record twenty-five times, and it’s also the favorite team to win according to odd makers. Barca was eliminated early from the UEFA Champions by the Atletico de Madrid and needs this win over Sevilla to make up for that loss. However, Sevilla is a difficult opponent, has won the Copa del Rey five times in the past and is extremely motivated in view of their recent victory.
There is no doubt that the trio of Messi-Neymar-Suarez can make all the difference in this game, Suarez scored 40 goals in La Liga season alone, plus 16 assists total, he surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo by 5 goals and earned the European Golden Shoe award; the level of a team like Barcelona and it’s individual figures could be just a little too much for Sevilla to surpass. Historically when Barcelona and Sevilla have met, Barcelona has gotten away with the victory 21 times, Sevilla has only won 7 games and they’ve had a total of 8 draws. In these common games teams scored an average of 3.3 goals per match.
Point spread stands at -1 ½ -145 F.C. Barcelona, moneyline -375 and total over/under 3 ½ .
Considering that Suarez alone has averaged 2.8 goals in the last 5 games, and the past meeting’s average goals per match, it’s logical to think the game will go over. Sevilla cannot be taken lightly though, our prediction: Barcelona and the over.
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