Barcelona vs. Espanyol: 2018 Spanish Copa Del Rey Leg 2 Live Stream, TV Info

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2018

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi prepares to shoot a penalty kick during the Spanish 'Copa del Rey' (King's cup) quarter-final first leg football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona enter the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final against Espanyol on Thursday with an uncertain future in the tournament after losing the first game 1-0 at the RCDE Stadium.

The Blaugrana failed to claim a first-leg lead for the second time in as many Copa rounds, and Oscar Melendo's strike has given Los Periquitos a distinct advantage in their pursuit of a semi-final place.

Defeat at the RCDE Stadium last week brought an end to Barca's unbeaten run across all competitions, although a much tougher approach is to be expected from manager Ernesto Valverde's men this time around.

Espanyol will not only have to prevent their hosts from scoring at the Camp Nou if they're to advance, but Quique Sanchez Flores' side will also likely need to add to their existing tally to ensure qualification.

Read on for a preview of Thursday's second leg, complete with match details and all the essential live-stream information.

           

Date: Thursday, January 25

Time: 8:30 p.m. GMT/3:30 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK), beIN Sports Connect (U.S.)

TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), beIN Sports 3 (U.S.)

              

Preview

As if a derby showdown with local rivals wasn't enough to motivate Barcelona in this Copa clash, Espanyol also added a target on their backs by ending the Blaugrana's unbeaten season in narrow circumstances on January 17.

Valverde and his team are still to suffer a loss in La Liga or the UEFA Champions League, however, as ESPN Stats and Info attested to the awesome streak powering Barca in the former competition:

A second-string setup couldn't keep that run alive across all competitions, but a reinforced XI will be expected to take the fight to Flores' men this time around and again dig the Camp Nou hosts out of a hole.

One figure who could be on hand to help with that effort is January signing Philippe Coutinho, who Valverde suggested could make his Barca debut on Thursday, via Goal:

Barcelona drew their last-16 first leg against Celta Vigo before romping to a 5-0 win at the Camp Nou in the second leg, a feat they'll be looking to repeat in the quarter-finals.

Since losing to Espanyol, the La Liga leaders have bounced back to form with a 5-0 pummelling of Real Betis, where Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored two apiece, with the latter marking a milestone in the process:

Espanyol have lost only one of their last five league games under Flores, and while slim victories have become something of a penchant for the club this term, they're at risk of being found short in that regard on Thursday.

It will be of vital importance Espanyol score first if they wish to head through to the semi-finals at the expense of their local rivals.

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