Barcelona have dominated the Copa Del Rey more than any other club. The Blaugrana have won the Copa Del Rey 30 times in their history, and they are looking to win their fifth consecutive Spanish cup and win their fourth domestic double in the last five years this Saturday. Valencia are out to stop them. The Bats are riding high after ensuring a return to the Champions League on the last week of the La Liga season, and they are looking to win their first Copa Del Rey since 2008.
Don't miss the Copa Del Rey Final from Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla, Spain at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Catch every moment of the match live on ESPN Deportes.
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Unlike other cup competitions, the Copa Del Rey does not have the top teams participate for quite a while. La Liga teams don’t enter until the Round of 32, and that makes their paths much easier.
That being said, Barcelona certainly had to traverse a treacherous path. They had no issue defeating Cultural Leonesa in the Round of 32, and Barca followed that up by advancing over Levante after a surprise defeat in the first leg. Sevilla bested them in the first leg of their tie in the quarterfinals, but the Blaugrana rallied and blew out Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg to set up a meeting with rival Real Madrid in the semifinals. They knocked off Real Madrid 4-1 over two legs to make it to the final.
Valencia had a shockingly easier path to the final. The Bats drew third-tier Ebro in the opener, and they faced second-tier Sporting Gijon in the next round. Valencia were not tested by either team, but Getafe almost knocked them out in the quarterfinals. The Bats needed two injury time goals in two minutes from Rodrigo to advance. Rodrigo was the hero again in the semifinals, scoring the lone goal in the second leg to send Valencia past Real Betis and into the finals for the first time since 2008.
There are a number of injury concerns for Barcelona entering their last match of the season. Luis Suarez underwent knee surgery earlier in the month and will not be fit for the final, and Rafinha has not been able to play since November. Ousmane Dembele and Arthur are both doubtful to play, while Philippe Coutinho is questionable. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Nelson Semedo are considered probable.
Midfielder Denis Cheryshev was lost for the year because of a knee injury last month, and Valencia might also be without the services of center back Ezequiel Garay. Midfielder Francis Coquelin looks set to play after seeing time on the pitch last weekend.
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Rodrigo has been a pivotal part of Valencia’s run through the Copa del Rey, and he will look to lead his club past Barcelona. He finished with just eight goals and six assists in La Liga this season, but he came alive in all other non-league competitions. Rodrigo tallied four goals and an assist in six Copa Del Rey games.
Copa Del Rey Prop Bet – Under 2.5 and 3 +126
You might think that taking the under is a risky proposition since Barcelona are involved, but the Blaugrana might be without many of their offensive weapons other than Lionel Messi. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ernesto Valverde play more defensively as a result, so the under could be a great bet.
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There’s a good chance this game is a draw after 90 minutes. However, I believe Lionel Messi will be too much in the end, and he will provide a goal in extra time to lift Barcelona to another Copa Del Rey crown.
Copa Del Rey Odds: Barcelona 2, Valencia 1 (a.e.t.)
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