FC Barcelona - Sevilla Preview: Who will win the Copa del Rey?

Both teams will be looking for a double to complete great respective seasons.

FC Barcelona - Sevilla Preview: Who will win the Copa del Rey?
Will Suarez add to his incredible season tally tomorrow night? (Photo: Bleacher Report)

The newly crowned champions of La Liga will take on the three-time defending champions of the Europa League at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Sunday, as FC Barcelona take on Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final.

Managers Luis Enrique and Unai Emery are among the best in Spain and this clash will determine which side will become Copa del Rey champions. It’s the last official game of the season for both teams, who also started their season against each other in a nine-goal thriller in Georgia in the UEFA Super Cup.

On their road to the final, Barcelona have scored 25 goals and conceded five in eight games, while Sevilla scored 22 times in their eight matches, conceding only two goals - both in the second leg of their semi-final.

The Blaugrana

Barcelona capped their season with their second straight La Liga title for the first time since 2010 and 2011 - with it their 24th overall. Luis Enrique's men will also be looking for success in the Copa del Rey after failing to go far into the UEFA Champions League this season, losing to eventual finalists Atletico Madrid in the last eight.

However, a win for them would see them achieve four trophies for the 2015-16 season having won La Liga, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

The season has been sensational for the trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, who have combined for 130 goals in all competitions, with the Uruguayan scoring 59 goals in all competitions - 40 of them in La Liga, seeing him win the Pichichi as top goalscorer. 

Luis Enrique is hoping to finish the season strong but knows the difficulty of their opponent, especially off the back of their third successive Europa League triumph. 

Speaking to the press pre-match, he said: “Sevilla are specialists in finals and especially at coming from behind. So the match will be alive until the end, and we have to be prepared for anything."

Luis Enrique. Photo: FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique. (Photo: FC Barcelona)

Los Rojiblancos

Sevilla capped their season with third straight Europa League title, becoming the first team ever to achieve the feat. On Wednesday, they came from behind to beat Premier League side Liverpool 3-1 to win number three, meaning they get to keep the trophy.

The Andalusians finished seventh in La Liga, but the win against the Scouse side means they will be playing in Champions League next season once again.

Pre-match, manager Unai Emery admitted that the club “measured [their] players’ fitness today and the tests show that they’re a bit tired," having played midweek.

"We need to make sure all of our men are one hundred percent, so we’ll assess things tomorrow, but the team will respond because they are wired into this," he continued.

Sevilla are looking to win their first domestic double in club history and their first Copa del Rey title since 2010.

Team News

After both Claudio Bravo and Sandro Ramírez were declared fit this week, Barcelona has a completely full-strength squad.

As for Sevilla, they will be without Timothée Kolodziejczak and Steven N'Zonzi, while Michael Krohn-Dehli and Benoît Trémoulinas are both out with knee injuries. They are hoping that José Antonio Reyes and Adil Rami are fit for the match on Sunday night.

Predicted Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar.

Predicted Sevilla XI: Rico; Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero; Iborra, Krychowiak; Coke, Banega, Vitolo; Gameiro.