Copa del Rey Draw 2017 Schedule: Quarter-Final Fixtures and Dates Released

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2017

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 11:  Neymar JR (R) and Lionel Messi of Barcelona look on during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club at Camp Nou on January 11, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have been drawn against Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals of the 2016-17 Copa del Rey, as they continue their campaign to win the tournament for the third year running.

Real Madrid have been paired with Celta Vigo in the last eight after Los Blancos saw off 2015-16 finalists Sevilla in the previous round.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid will take on Eibar and Segunda Division side Alcorcon will face Alaves.

Here are the 2016-17 Copa del Rey quarter-final fixtures in full:

2016-17 Copa del Rey Quarter-Final Fixtures
1st-Leg Homevs.1st-Leg Away
Real Sociedadvs.Barcelona
Alcorconvs.Alaves
Atletico Madridvs.Eibar
Real Madridvs.Celta Vigo
BBC Sport

The quarter-final first-leg fixtures will take place on Jan. 18 and 19, with the return legs to be played on Jan. 24, 25 and 26.

    

Barca have now reached the last eight of the Copa in seven successive seasons.

They had to battle to get past Athletic Bilbao in the last 16—Lionel Messi's 78th-minute free-kick in Wednesday's second leg prevented the need for extra time—and La Real, who are sixth in La Liga, could prove even more challenging opponents.

The Blaugrana have not won at Sociedad's Anoeta Stadium since 2007, but they have a superb record against La Real in the Copa, per OptaJose:

Real's 2015-16 tournament ended in ignominy, as they were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player, per Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC, but their progress through this season's Copa has been relatively serene.

Zinedine Zidane's side needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Karim Benzema against Sevilla in the second leg of their last-16 clash to stretch their remarkable unbeaten run to 40 games, but they were effectively through already after winning the first leg 3-0.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JANUARY 12:  Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring the third goal of Real Madrid CF during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 Second Leg match between Sevilla FC vs Real Madrid CF at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on January 1
Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Celta will be a tough team to beat, but Real can take confidence from the fact they have beaten the Sky Blues in each of their last five meetings by an aggregate score of 19-5.

Meanwhile, Atleti last won the Copa del Rey in 2012-13 and progressed to the last eight in this year's tournament after downing Las Palmas despite losing the second leg 3-2.

Eibar, who are 10th in La Liga, have reached the last eight of the Copa for the first time and will be significant underdogs against Diego Simeone's side.  

Alcorcon are also newcomers to the quarter-final stage and will be desperate to take down Alaves as they attempt to continue their surprise cup run.

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