Barcelona (2) vs. (1) Atletico Madrid: CDR Semi-Final Second Leg – Match Preview

Barcelona are massive favourites to reach the Copa del Rey final going into the second leg of their semi with Atletico Madrid.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi helped them secure a 2-1 win at the Vicente del Calderon ahead of the second leg in front of their own supporters.

Barcelona eased past Athletic Bilbao to move to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on the weekend.

Atletico Madrid remain fourth after a comfortable 2-0 success over Leganes on Saturday.

Match history
The league meeting between the two earlier in the campaign finished 1-1 at the Nou Camp, with Angel Correa earning Atletico a point.

Last five meetings
Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 2 – 28/01/17
Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1 – 21/09/16
Atletico Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 – 13/04/16
Barcelona 2 Atletico Madrid 1 – 05/04/16
Barcelona 2 Atletico Madrid 1 – 30/01/16

Draw HT / Barcelona FT – 16/5 with Coral

Team news
Neymar is suspended for Barcelona here, meaning Arda Turan will deputise.

Yannick Carrasco dropped out of the XI on the weekend, but could return here with Atletico needing to score at least twice.

Expected starting XI’s
Barcelona (4-3-3): Cillessen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Mascherano, Gomes, Rakitic; Turan, Suarez, Messi
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Moya; Juan Fran, Godin, Savic, Felipe Luis; Koke, Saul, Gabi, Gaitan; Griezmann, Carrisco

Predictions

Result: Barcelona (8/13 with Coral)

Correct Score: 2-0 (15/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Lionel Messi (8/11 with Paddy Power)

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