Only three days after the match against Cordoba, Barcelona will travel to face fourth-place Malaga in what will be a difficult match.
With such a huge game on the horizon, expect La Blaugrana to rest some of the more important stars while a few youth players should get some valuable minutes.
The club released on its official website that Xavi, Pique, Iniesta and Pedro will all be given a rest for the meeting with Cordoba. No doubt these four players will be vital in the game against Malaga.
Expect the talented Thiago to start in place of Xavi as well as the promising Marc Bartra in place of Gerard Pique. Cesc Fábregas should feature as well to continue the best form of his career.
Of course, Jose Manuel Pinto will start in goal as Victor Valdes does not feature in Copa del Rey games.
Sadly, the club gave an official statement saying that Adriano will miss the game due to discomfort (via fcbarcelona). He would have likely been the starting left-back.
Not any B team players were listed in the squad, though Sergi Roberto may feature late as he continues to impress. Fans should also expect Cristian Tello to make a promising appearance.
However, the game against Cordoba is very important. Barcelona will still start important and capable players to ensure victory. The likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets are always the first names on the team sheet.
Regardless of who does and does not feature, the lineup will be chosen with Sunday’s clash with Malaga in mind. But as we all know, the replacements for the resting stars are just as dangerous.
Tito Vilanova has most likely already chosen the starting lineup. If there is one thing the Catalan boss has showed this season, it is that he knows his players. The Barcelona lineup will be very exciting and carefully planned.