Barcelona returned to winning ways with a 3 – 0 win over Eibar in La Liga after their shock loss to Levante in the Copa del Rey, with Luis Suarez running rings with two goals and an assist. They play Levante at home and looking at their run in the competition, we have no doubt they will be favorites, especially with Levante largely struggling in the season. The gulf in quality between the two sides is very clear; while Barcelona are the side with the most wins in the season so far, at 13 in La Liga, Levante have only managed six wins. Barcelona have scored 53 goals, and conceded 20, losing just twice in the league this season. Levante on the other hand, have scored 30 and conceded 35 and they have eight losses in 19 matches. Barcelona’s loss to Levante is the only one in the last 11 matches. They have picked eight wins in the process and in the 14 home matches they have had this season, Barcelona have lost just once and won 10. Barcelona have suffered just two losses in their last 18 Copa Del Rey matches. At home in the same competition, they are unbeaten in 19, with just one draw therein. With just three wins in their last 12 outings, this looks like it will be a tall order for Levante. They are rarely at their best when playing away from home and head to this clash winless in their last six away games. In their last 18 away games in the Copa Del Rey, Levante have won just two.
Southampton look much improved of late, with their 2-1 win over Leicester at the weekend taking them clear of the drop zone for the time being. They’re only a point above Newcastle, so plenty could yet change for the Saints. However, they are out to launch a cup run alongside a bid for Premier League survival, and they come into Wednesday night’s replay as favourites against Derby. That’s despite some poor home form this season, but will Hasenhüttl help to end that this week? Premier League hopefuls Derby come here after dominating the weekend through Spygate. A Leeds’ staff member was caught sulking around the Derby training ground ahead of their 2-0 loss to the Championship leaders on Friday night. That setback angered many, with Frank Lampard saying that their opponents got the inside scoop on how they were approaching the fixture. They don’t have any such concerns this week, and the decorated Derby manager will be looking to continue his strong cup record, which carried into the Rams’ Carabao Cup campaign. Derby were winners on penalties at Old Trafford earlier this season, before almost knocking out Lampard’s former side, Chelsea. They lost 3-2 at Stamford Bridge, putting in a display that was a credit to the whole club. Their 2-2 draw with the Saints is another example of that, so the visitors have little to fear from taking on another Premier League side. I expect Derby to come here and cause problems. They’ve seen both teams score in seven of their last eight FA Cup clashes, while 71% of their Championship trips so far have finished with both sides finding the back of the net. Saints have seen BTTS land in 70% of their home games, including their previous five here.