NEWS
Thursday February 8 2018
Line-ups: Valencia-Barca (0-1 agg.)

Barcelona bench Philippe Coutinho and Valencia name three strikers for tonight's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg.

Coutinho is still finding his feet at Barca after his club-record transfer from Liverpool, and his place has been taken by Andre Gomes, with the Catalans switching back to a 4-4-2 formation.

Elsewhere, cup goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is between the sticks, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba come into the full-back positions and Paulinho makes way for Ivan Rakitic.

Valencia, meanwhile, must overturn a 1-0 deficit if they are to face Sevilla in the Final, and Coach Marcelino has thrown caution to the wind, lining up with an attacking trident of Luciano Vietto, Simone Zaza and Rodrigo Moreno.

Nonetheless, history is on Barca's side as they have gone through on all six occasions in the Copa when they have won the first leg 1-0.  

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Valencia: Domenech; Montoya, Gabriel Paulista, Garay, Gaya; Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia; Vietto, Zaza, Rodrigo

Subs: Neto, Vezo, Maksimovic, Soler, Guedes, Santi Mina, Lato

Barcelona: Cillessen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Gomes, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez

Subs: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Coutinho, Paulinho, Alcacer, Vidal, Yerry Mina

Referee: Undiano Mallenco

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