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Match preview: FC Barcelona v Hércules


 Luis Enrique’s side are looking to seal progression to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey at the Camp Nou following the 1-1 draw in the first leg Barça are aiming for a win in the final game of 2016.

FC Barcelona are aiming to book their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey when they take on Hércules at the Camp Nou, following the 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Luis Enrique’s side carry a narrow advantage on the away goals rule, with the long range strike from Carles Aleñá but will be going all out for the win in the final game of 2016.

The quartet of Leo Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar Jr and Gerard Piqué will not be in Wednesday’s squad after the manager allowed them permission to begin their Christmas holidays early following the win over Espanyol .
In a decision taken by Hércules manager Luis Tevenet, all members of the playing staff will be making the journey to Barcelona, despite the fact that just 16 players can be registered for the matchday squad.
Coaches’ viewpoint The Asturian emphasised the need to “improve in various areas against very defensive teams, such as the circulation of the ball, committing enough players forward and pressing quickly when the ball is lost.”
Hércules boss Luis Tevenet, on the other hand, said: “We are aware that it will be tough, that we are facing a great opponent and that we have to score a goal,” but believes his side’s task is “not impossible”.

Barça’s recent form has improved since the 1-1 draw in Alicante on 30 November. After winning just one game in four after that result, the Catalans have won three matches in a row: Borussia Moenchengladbach at home (4-0), Osasuna away (3-0) and Espanyol (4-1)at the Camp Nou.
Hércules have done exactly the same since the last meeting between the sides, earning straight wins over Atlético Baleares, Mallorca B and Cornella . 

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