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PREVIEW: FC Barcelona v Leganés

Thursday evening’s Copa del Rey, Round of 16 game is a winner-take-all affair, with everything to be decided at the Camp Nou. 

It’s the first time the two teams have met in the cup competition, but Leganés have visited the Camp Nou on three previous occasions and lost each time.

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The Rival

Leganés have already beaten Andorra in a penalty shootout, Murcia (0-4) and Ebro (0-1) to get this far. Since the arrival of new coach, Javier Aguirre, the team from Madrid have lost just three times in 11 games. Their top scorers are Martin Braithwaite and Óscar Rodríguez, with six and four goals, respectively.

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The precedents

The last match between the two teams came in the league two months ago. Barça went behind to a goal from En-Nesyri, but goals from Suárez and Vidal won the match (1-2). In the seven matches played against other to date, Barça have won six and lost one, scoring 19 and conceding seven. 

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Interesting stats

- This is the first Barça v Leganés meeting in the Copa del Rey.

- With eight goals, Messi is the player who has the most against Leganés.

- Quique Setién has faced Leganés 15 times, winning five, drawing five and losing five. 

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- Javier Aguirre has only beaten Barça twice in 22 matches, the last of which came in 2008 for Atletico Madrid. He's never beaten the Blaugrana in the cup either.

- Leganés have three ex-Barça B players in their ranks: Tarín, Rivera and Arnáiz

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Squad List

Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Arthur, Messi, Lenglet, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña, Collado and Ansu Fati.

WITNESS THE MAGIC OF THE BEST! Book your tickets here and enjoy Messi and company divine football from Camp Nou best seats as FC Barcelona take on Leganés for Copa del Rey Round of 16 next today (19:00h. CET)! 

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