Barça’s 2014/15 Copa del Rey campaign begins with a trip to Aragon for a first leg game against Sociedad Deportivo Huesca at the El Alcoraz stadium tomorrow night (Wednesday 10 pm). Jeremy Mathieu will miss the trip due to a flu virus but Andrés Iniesta will be available after injury. Barça B players Sandro Ramirez, Sergi Samper and central defender Edgar Ié have trained today with the first team which means they could be in the match squad which will be announced tomorrow morning before the group travel.
The Copa is obviously a good chance to play some of the lesser used squad players so it seems likely we will see an appearance from the likes of Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Adriano, Montoya, Douglas, Pedro and Munir while Jordi Masip may get his debut in goal. The problem for Luis Enrique could be in finding a place for three full-backs, Adriano, Montoya and Douglas so we may see one of these played out of position. With the big names likely to be rested the line-up will probably look something like: Masip, Douglas, Piqué, Bartra, Adriano, Rafinha, Samper, Sergi Roberto, Munir, Sandro and Pedro.
Opponents Huesca currently play in the Second Division B Group 2 which they were leading until this weekend when their game against Fuenlabrada was postponed due to the torrential rain that fell across the east of Spain. They are now in third place but the postponed match will have given them more time to prepare for Barça. Their record this season reads eight wins, two draws and four defeats with twenty goals scored and twelve conceded. Their squad will be unknown to most though their defender Carlos David curiously played for Cartegena against Barça at the same stage of last season’s competition when Barça ran out 7-1 aggregate winners. They also have a striker called Juan Esnaider who is the son of the ex-Real Madrid player Juan Eduardo Esnaider.
Possible starting XIs:
Huesca: Dani Jiminez; Aythami, Carlos David, Alex Garcia, Morillas; Manolo, Ros, Gaspar, Camacho, Tyronne; Esnaider.
Barça: Masip; Douglas, Piqué, Bartra, Adriano; Rafinha, Samper, Sergi Roberto; Munir, Sandro, Pedro.
Prediction: Huesca 0 Barça 3
Date: Wednesday 3 December 2014. Kick-off 10 pm local time.