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Cornella vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview


Cornella vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview

Cornella vs Barcelona
Copa Del Rey
Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Nuevo Municipal de Cornella.

Barcelona will be looking to make amends for the heart-breaking loss in the Spanish Super Cup final when they take on Cornella at Nou Municipal de Cornella on Matchday 32. 

Barca will surely take the Copa del Rey game very seriously, and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, away win should be considered. 

Leo Messi is fit, but the Argentine superstar is unlikely to be risked in the Spanish Cup game.

All Puig, Trincao, Pjanic, Mingueza, and Braithwaite are pushing for a start. Coutinho, Fati, Pique, and Roberto, on the other hand, remain in the recovery room. 

Cornella did well to shock Atletico Madrid in the last 64, but we do not believe that they are capable of making yet another miracle in the Copa del Rey 2020/21 season. 

It has to be noted that the underdogs failed to win the previous three games in Segunda Division B.

Cornella vs Barcelona Head-to-head

Teams UD Cornella Barcelona played so far 0 matches.

Cornella vs Barcelona Prediction

UD Cornella in actual season average scored 1.15 goals per match. In 2 (33.33%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (33.33%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Barcelona average scored 2.22 goals per match in season 2021. In 9 (69.23%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (53.85%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

The hero of Cornella's victory over Atletico - Adrian Jimenez - tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a league fixture with Gimnastic last weekend and will sadly be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Should Fernandez opt to switch to the 5-3-2 system which worked wonders against the La Liga leaders, Albert Estelles would be a candidate to fill the void left by Jimenez's absence.

Birmingham City loanees Agus Medina and Ivan Guzman could both be in line for starts in one of the biggest games in Cornella's 70-year history.

Messi could reportedly be facing a 12-game ban for lashing out at Athletic's Asier Villalibre in Sunday's defeat, and while the length of his suspension is yet to be determined, he will definitely not be available here.

It would have been a surprise to see the wantaway Argentine line up on Thursday anyway as wholesale changes are expected from Koeman, starting with Martin Braithwaite and Trincao enjoying starts up top.

Second-choice goalkeeper Neto should be given a run-out here, while out-of-favour defenders such as Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo and the young Oscar Mingueza will be vying for starts.

Miralem Pjanic and Riqui Puig both came off the bench in the defeat to Athletic and are likely to feature from the off in Koeman's midfield this week.

possible starting lineup: