Barcelona looks to go back to back to back by winning their third consecutive Copa Del Rey. Standing in their way is Hercules, just when Barcelona decided to rest their star players. Uh-oh. What will happen when these two squads face off on December 21 ? Dont’s miss it. Copa Del Rey Barcelona vs Hercules Match Info, Preview
Barcelona will meet with Hercules once again on Wednesday, hopping to finish the job in the second leg 2016-17 Copa del Rey.
The Segunda Division B club shocked the Catalan giants in the first leg, holding Barcelona to 1-1 draw, and while Wednesday’s match is expected to be a one sided affair, Hercules have already proved their worth.
Copa Del Rey Barcelona vs Hercules Match Info, Preview
Here’s everything you need to know about the second leg :
Date : Wednesday, December 21.
Time : 9 p.m. GMT / 4 p.m. ET
Venue : Camp Nou, Barcelona
TV : BeIN Sports (US)
Barcelona made the logical decision to rest their starters in the first leg against Hercules, with the Clasico against Real Madrid looming large. However, the Catalans almost suffered an embarrassing defeat, with debutant Carles Alena salvaging a draw.
David mainz had opened the scoring for the hosts after a first half in which Barcelona’s backups barely created anything and despite a ton of late pressure the Blaugrana failed to add a second goal.
Wednesday’s match should be different though While manager Luis Enrique will likely call on a number of bench players again the second leg is Barcelona’s final outing before the winter beak several top stars will play with plenty of time to recover for the second half of the season coming up.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymer won’t be helping out, however. Per the club’s official Twiter account, manager Luis Enrique has confirmed the three are already on holyday Not playing v Hercules.
Instead, the likes of Arda Turan, Denis Suarez and Rafinha are expected to feature from the start and even star midfielder Andres Iniesta could be a part of the squad.
The Spain international has only recently returned from injury and could use the minutes to get back to peak from. Barcelona missed their star playmaker and they have performed much better since his return.
Per the club’s official Twiter account, he trained with the group on Monday.
Iniesta might start on the bench and come on should the Blaugrana struggle to break down the Hercules defense, but a spot in the starting XI isn’s out of the queston.
Hercules are expected to come out with a defensive setup and rely on the likes of Jose Gaspar to pull out a miracle. It worked in the first leg, although an outing at the intimidating Camp Nou can hardly be compared with what transpired in Alicante.
The second leg presents Paco Alcacer with a final opportunity in 2016 to impress and justify his summer transfer move. The former Valencia man has been a major disappointment so far and has yet to score his first goal for his new club – he won’t get many better chances than this.
Final Prediction : Barcelona 5-1 Hercules
Barcelona : WLWDWD
Hercules : DWDWLL
Barcelona vs Hercules : Head To Head
Total games : 2
Barcelona : 1
Hercules : 1
Draws : 0
Key Stats To Consider
Barcelona has won 8 of their 10 recent away matches in domestic competitions.
The Catalans giant have draws two successive matches in La Liga against.
Hercules has won 7 out of their 16 Segunda B division matches.