Barcelona will play host to segunda side Alaves Wednesday afternoon in the return leg of Copa del Rey action. However, this match may be mere consolation.
The Catalan giants won convincingly on the road against Alaves a few weeks ago (via Goal). The score, and aggregate, favors Barcelona 3-0. With that being said, La Blaugrana will certainly look to continue their dominant run of recent weeks.
The offense is scoring plenty of goals, the defense finally looks capable, and even Victor Valdes is performing.
With so many games left, many can see this match as a chance to just enjoy a Barcelona win, as the reigning Copa del Rey champions are basically already in the next round.
Alaves can flip the world upside down if they are able to save themselves from the daunting 3-0 aggregate score that currently stands. But, that outcome does seem unlikely.
Every cup matters, some more than others, especially when you are the reigning champions. Barcelona will not go easy on Alaves, and I do not believe Alaves would want them to.
Now, let us take a look at what we should be expecting in the return leg at the Camp Nou.