The defending champions have a comfortable lead heading into the second leg of this Copa del Rey tie and we think Tuesday’s tie could be low-scoring

The important thing for Barcelona on Sunday evening was not to lose and the Blaugrana came away from their top of the table clash in La Liga against Valencia with their four point lead over Los Che still intact.

It finished 1-1 at Mestalla in a breathless and controversial game in which Lionel Messi shone once more for the Catalans – including scoring a perfectly good goal which was adjudged to have not crossed the line – before providing a sumptuous pass for Jordi Alba’s late equalizer.

However, the Argentine will not be involved in Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey clash with Real Murcia, and nor will the majority of the starting eleven from Sunday’s game as Ernesto Valverde is likely to use the match to give some members of the youth academy their first taste of playing at the Camp Nou.

The Catalans lead 3-0 from last month’s first leg and bet365 offer them at just 1/14 (1.07) to record another win, while their third-tier opponents are priced at 22/1 (23.00) and the draw is offered at 11/1 (12.00)

Murcia have been in excellent form since the first leg, winning five of their six league matches to move from the relegation zone to fifth in their division.

Keeping the score down and enjoying their night at Europe’s most imposing stadium will surely be Murcia’s priority, and if they can restrict the hosts to the same…

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