Athletic take on Barcelona in the first-leg of Copa del Rey 1/8 final. Hosts will probably use high pressing, trying to get a positive result at home soil. Athletic have all offensive footballers available, Benat was a slight doubt but he recovered in time. However, the Basque team has problems amongst defensive players. De Marcos (first-choice right-back) and Yeray (important centre-back) are definetely ruled out. Goalkeeper Iraizoz will probably start in first team, but his best days are gone as he's not young anymore and he'll probably left the club at the end of season. Besides, Iraizoz may lack match practice because it's Kepa who regularly plays in La Liga in this campaign. Barcelona have comfortable situation with the squad. There are information that Messi returned from South America in good shape as he spent 3 hours daily in a gym during the break. In my opinion an open game with goals should be expected.
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