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Intercity vs Barcelona betting tips: Copa del Rey Third Round preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

Will this be the start of another successful Copa del Rey run for the kings of the king’s cup Barcelona?

The Blaugrana are 31-times winners of this competition, a record, featuring in six of the last eight finals, winning five of them.

Barça haven’t exited the Copa this early since 2004, infamously beaten in extra time by minnows Gramenet back then.

Right now, Xavi’s team are top of La Liga, but are only above Real Madrid on goal difference, following a 1-1 draw in the Derbi barceloní on New Year’s Eve.

Having endured a second trophyless season in three last time round, Barcelona will be desperate to get their hands on the Copa del Rey in May.

In stark contrast, CF Intercity were only founded in 2017, so this is, by some distance, the biggest game of their extremely short history.

In this season’s Copa, Gustavo Siviero’s team have so far overcome Cirbonero and Mirandés to set up this historic tie.

Intercity’s home ground Estadio Antonio Solana does not meet RFEF requirements, so this tie will take place at Estadio José Rico Pérez, home of Hércules, just over two miles south.

Will Barcelona cruise to victory, or can the minnows seriously challenge La Liga’s current leaders?


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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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