PREVIEW: FC Barcelona - Sevilla FC
A huge night at Camp Nou as the comeback kings prepare to do it all over again... Here are the essential pre-game facts
Nobody said winning the Copa del Rey was easy, and if Barça want to win the trophy for a record fifth time in a row, they will once again need to turn around a first leg defeat (2-0) when they face Sevilla at Camp Nou on Wednesday evening at 9.30pm CET.
A repeat of four of the last ten results of games in all competitions between the sides at Camp Nou would be enough to see Barça through to the semis (3-0; 5-1; 5-0; 4-0). That 4-0 win, incidentally, was in the Spanish Super Cup of 2010/11, when a Pep Guardiola-led Barça cancelled out a 3-1 deficit from the Sanchez Pizjuan.
Albeit all in games dating back to over a quarter of a century ago, Barça have lost eight cup first legs 2-0 in their history and only once went on to qualify. That was in 1966 when a 2-0 defeat to Mallorca was followed by an emphatic 5-1 win at Camp Nou.
Should Barça get the job done, they would extend what is already an all-time record streak of semi-final qualifications to nine in a row.
Jasper Cillessen, Clement Lenglet and Nélson Semedo are the only players that have featured in all five of Barça’s Copa del Rey games this season. Denis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé are our top scorers in the competition with two each.
Leo Messi, who didn't feature in the first leg, has scored 32 goals and provided 14 assists in his 35 games against Sevilla.