Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals of the 2015-16 Copa del Rey following Friday's draw, with last season's finalists ready to clash once again.
La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid will take on Celta Vigo, while Valencia and Las Palmas are on a quarter-final collision course and Sevilla prepare to face underdogs Mirandes
Here are the 2015-16 Copa del Rey quarter-final fixtures in full:
|2015-16 Copa del Rey Quarter-Final Schedule|
|1st-Leg Home||VS.||1st-Leg Away|
|Celta Vigo||vs.||Atletico Madrid|
The quarter-final first-leg fixtures will take place on Wednesday, January 20, with the return legs to be played on Wednesday, January 27.
Barcelona are attempting to make the Copa del Rey semi-finals for the sixth year in succession, but a first-leg trip to Basque giants Athletic poses a stern test for the title-holders.
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan highlighted the fixture streaks for Luis Enrique's side of late, going from a trio of games against Espanyol to three in a row against Athletic:
Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan
Barca going from three Espanyol games in a row to three games against Athletic Bilbao in a row...1/15/2016, 11:13:38 AM
That means the two teams will play one another twice in the space of 10 days, with the first of those three meetings scheduled for this Sunday in La Liga.
Atleti also have a difficult challenge blocking their route after being drawn against Celta. Yahoo's Andrew Gaffney pointed out this means Augusto Fernandez will face his old club, having moved to Madrid from the Galician side just a fortnight ago:
Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC
Valencia & Sevilla avoid the biggest sides. A Barça-Athletic rematch & Augusto to play his old side (Celta) again. https://t.co/lyPu0PsEwq1/15/2016, 11:18:43 AM
Diego Simeone's men are once again getting to grips with the pressure of leading La Liga, facing Celta while they try to retain Spain's summit and with a Champions League round-of-16 clash against PSV Eindhoven in February.
The Copa del Rey has been Valencia's only successful hunting ground of late; their only wins since early November have come in the cup contest. After being drawn against relegation-threatened Las Palmas, BBC Sport's Andy West noted this as a superb opportunity for Gary Neville's side to advance:
Andy West @andywest01
Great chance for Gary Neville to reach the Copa del Rey semi finals - Valencia drawn with Las Palmas in the quarters.1/15/2016, 11:12:25 AM
That being said, Las Palmas have been in thriving form of late and are unbeaten in their last five outings, their longest run without suffering defeat so far this season.
Sevilla will count their fortunes after drawing lower-league Mirandes in the final eight, and statistician Mister Chip rated their clash as the most one-sided tie in sight, with Unai Emery's men the clear favourites:
MisterChip (Alexis) @2010MisterChip
Ahí va mi pronóstico: Valencia 65%-35% Las Palmas Athletic 30%-70% Barcelona Sevilla 75%-25% Mirandés Celta 30%-70% Atlético1/15/2016, 11:37:05 AM
Second-tier outfit Mirandes are the surprise package of the tournament this season after advancing to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey for the second time in a four-year span.
They'll face in-form Sevilla in the quarters after sealing a 4-1 aggregate defeat of Deportivo La Coruna in the round of 16, presenting another major La Liga obstacle for Carlos Terrazas' underdogs.