Ceuta vs Barcelona – Betting Preview
Having already proven their ability to eliminate top-tier teams from the Copa del Rey, Ceuta defeated Utrera and Ibiza in the preliminary rounds before taking on Elche on January 3. However, Ceuta’s remarkable run did not end there!
To counteract their ongoing struggles in the Primera Division RFEF, Rodri Rios scored the game’s lone goal from the penalty spot to advance Jose Juan Romero’s team to the last 16 for the first time in their history.
In order to salvage a point against Real Madrid Castilla on Sunday, Cueta came back from two goals down.
However, their winless streak in Group 1 of the third tier now stands at four games, and they are currently rock bottom of the standings in 20th place with just eight points after 19 games.
The Copa del Rey last-16 competitors’ immediate relegation back to the fourth tier is getting closer by the week, despite the fact that they have only lost one of their last five games played at the Alfonso Murube Stadium and have failed to score in just one of their previous 17 matches played there.
If Ceuta can shock the football world and defeat the 31-time champions, Xavi, who recently said that Barcelona got “lucky” with the Copa del Rey draw, may find himself in an awkward situation with his opposite number Juan Romero.
Few people will be holding their breath, though, as Barcelona is back in Copa del Rey duties after winning the Supercopa de Espana title. They defeated Real Betis on penalties in the semifinals before scoring goals against Real Madrid in the championship game through Gavi, Pedri, and Robert Lewandowski.
Having won trophies in Catalan colours during his playing career, Xavi is itching for more success in the manager’s chair as his team leads La Liga by three points over Real Madrid and has won eight of their last nine games overall.
Ceuta and Barcelona have previously met three times in the Copa del Rey, with the Blaugrana prevailing 3-0 in the 2000-01 third round before a 7-1 aggregate success in the 2010-11 fourth round, where Pedro and Maxwell both netted in a 2-0 first-leg win at the Alfonso Murube Stadium.
1×2 Betting Odds
We do not anticipate any surprises on Thursday and are backing Barcelona’s abundance of attacking options to carry their side into the quarter-finals. The third-tier hosts know how to score at home and will take confidence that fact!
Ceuta, who will play at home, are nowhere close to being favourites to win against La Liga toppers Barcelona! Their market odds make them huge underdogs @ 30.00!
Barcelona are in some incredible form right now, and they are also fresh after the El Classico victory! They are the overwhelming favourites in this @ 1.10.
The possibility of a stalemate after the 90 mins are played, stands @ 11.00.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.42.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 3.10.
Barcelona will face a team which is two tiers below La Liga, so you can see why the market believes that there will be a few goals in this contest!
Barcelona are in incredible form, and this is the one competition where they often find success! Expect Barcelona to win, and expect them to win big!