Barcelona are looking to bring home the Copa Del Rey this season, but before they can even consider getting into the later rounds of the tournament, they'll have to deal with an upset-minded Alaves squad looking to prove they're more than just pushovers.
For those hoping to see this one live, you're out of luck if you live stateside. But fortunately, there is a stream of the match later tonight.
Match Time: 5 p.m. EST
Broadcast: There is no live broadcast or live stream of the match, but the clash can be found on beinsport.tv at 10 p.m. EST.
Preview: Few people are giving Alaves much of a shot in this one, and with good reason. The club are currently in the third division of Spanish football and don't seem to be improperly placed. They sit third in the second division B and don't really have any big names. Meanwhile, the Blaugrana are rolling through La Liga, steadily expanding their lead over rivals Real Madrid and the rest of the league, thanks to one of the most explosive offenses in the sport.
Don't expect to see a star-studded roster in this one, though; Barca aren't likely to run the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta out there today and risk any of them getting hurt. Instead, don't be surprised to see Isaac Cuenca, Pedro Rodriguez, Jonathan Dos Santos and other backups and role players taking on a starting or starring role for the Blaugrana today.
Even so, this isn't going to be a close matchup. Barca's B-Team is still infinitely more talented than the best squad Alaves can run out there, and they should blow through this team with relative ease.
Prediction: Barcelona 6, Alaves 1. Barca will continue to roll through the Copa's early rounds, as they look to grab the Spanish championship once again.
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