Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: Copa del Rey Round of 16 Predicted Lineup, Where To Watch?- EXCLUSIVE DETAILS
Tomorrow night Barcelona will be locking heads with Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 at the Estadio de Vallecas. It will be interesting to see which team beats the other to move on to the next stage of the domestic cup. Barcelona defeated Cornella in the Round of 32 to reach this stage. On the other hand, Rayo Vallecano got the better of Elche to make it through to the Round of 16. So, it will be exciting to see how this match goes as Lionel Messi will be returning to the Catalans squad finally. The 33-year old Argentine skipper was suspended for 2 games after he received a red card in the final of the Spanish Supercup against Athletic Club. Consequently, everyone will be excited to see him make a return in this match.
Match Preview: Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano:
Barcelona will be going into this fixture to give their best and proceed into the next round and one step closer to the trophy. However, it won’t be that easy as Rayo Vallecano is not an easy team to beat. The Catalans and the Vallecans have faced each other many times in the past. In fact, the last time that they went up against each other, Barcelona emerged victorious in a glorious 3-1 win. Pique, Messi, and Suarez got their name on the scoresheet to ensure the Blaugranas’ victory.
Talking about the larger pictures, Barcelona has faced Rayo Vallecano 17 times to date. The Catalan giants have dominated a large portion of those fixtures. They have won 14 times whereas they only managed to draw 2 times. As a result, Rayo Vallecano has only defeated Barcelona once due to which they’ll be motivated to repeat this feat of theirs once again. Currently, Barcelona is in the 3rd position in the La Liga points table with 37 points. On the other hand, Rayo Vallecano is in the 4 position in the Segunda Division with 37 points. So, this battle is surely going to be really thrilling and worth watching.
The lineup seems a little odd but it might be the one that Ronald Koeman opts to start with for Barcelona’s game against Rayo Vallecano. Neto will start in the goal and Ter Stegen will be rested. The defense will be almost the same with Firpo and Dest coming in for Alba and Mingueza. The former Dutch manager will give his full-backs some rest as they will be facing Athletic Club in their next fixture on this Sunday. Talking about the midfield, Pjanic, and Puig might start ahead of De Jong and Pedri as even they’ll be rested initially. Busquets will continue with his role as a defensive midfielder. However, De Jong and Pedri might come on as a substitute in the second half.
Now, finally, the attack seems to be odd. Messi, Braithwaite, and Trincao will starting together seems a bit strange. However, it will be Messi as the striker whereas Braithwaite and Trincao will be controlling the game from the left-wing and right-wing respectively. So, it will be interesting to see how this trio plays in the attack as they’ll be starting together for the first time this season. Therefore, brace yourselves as tomorrow you’ll be seeing yet another engrossing game as the Catalans will be taking on the Vallecans.
Where to watch?
The game will not be broadcasted or streamed on many streaming platforms or TV channels. However, here is a list of a few sites/channels where you can watch the game.
Premier Sports 2, SKY Sports, ESPN+, DIRECTV Sports, FOX Sports, and Rebellious tV.