RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona : Predicted lineups
Barcelona take on their cross-city rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey Last 16 second-leg tie with a requirement of avoiding a defeat by three goals to secure a well-deserved place in the next round ahead. The European champions hold a commanding 4-1 lead resulting from the first-leg which Espanyol finished with nine men after the red cards for Hernan Perez and Papakouli Diop.
Turan started for Barcelona with his debut last Wednesday and has really been some what of a good luck charm for the squad – in particular Lionel Messi who netted five goals in the last two games with the bearded winger having started.
Barcelona have won both of the games in which Turan has appeared in the starting XI and scored total eight goals in the process with the Turkish international star also successfully managing to provide his very first assist in the 4-0 victory over Granada in his first La Liga game of this season.
Barca boss Luis Enrique sarcastically compared Espanyol’s rough tactics to playing American football following the first-leg, but will face his counterpart Constantin Galca this Tuesday to try and ease the subtle tensions between the two clubs of late.
Luis Enrique will be without the presence of Luis Suarez and considering the fact that Barcelona are practically through he may opt to choose rotation for his side – although considering it is a derby nevertheless he may just scrap that radical idea. Munir is likely to play as the substitute for the Uruguayan and feature alongside the two formidable strikers Messi and Neymar.
Despite their luxurious lead and a punishing schedule of up to total 17 games in January and February, Enrique is anticipated to start with both Messi and Neymar in attack in Suarez’s crucial absence.
Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets and also Andres Iniesta are expected to return after being suitably rested for Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Granada.