Barcelona vs. Alaves: Copa del Rey Final – Match Preview

Barcelona face Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday looking to end Luis Enrique’s reign in style.

Barcelona recovered from two goals down to beat Eibar last weekend, however it wasn’t enough to overhaul Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Alaves finished an impressive campaign in ninth, drawing 1-1 away at Leganes on the final day of the season.

Edgar Antonio Mendez scored the winner as Alaves eliminated Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona edged out Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, qualifying through 3-2 on aggregate.

Form guide: Barcelona W5 D0 L0; Alaves W3 D2 L0
2016-17 top scorers
Barcelona – Lionel Messi 53 goals
Alaves – Edgar Mendez 8 goals

Team news
Barcelona will be without the banned pair of Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez who were both sent off in the semi-final.

Javier Mascherano could be set to fill in at right full-back, although Andre Gomes could make a surprise start in the role.

Victor Laguardia misses out after a recent operation on his knee ruled him out for six to eight months.

Rodrigo Ely should deputise at centre-back alongside Zouhair Feddal.

Expected starting XI’s
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Alcacer, Neymar
Alavaes (4-2-3-1): Pacheco; Femenia, Ely, Feddal, Hernandez; Garcia, Llorente; Mendez, Camarasa, Gomez; Deyverson

Predictions

Result: Barcelona (2/11 with William Hill)

Correct Score: 3-0 (13/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Neymar (19/20 with Coral)

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