Barcelona travel to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night, with both sides looking to book their place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
The Catalans have dominated this competition in recent years, winning the competition in four consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2018 before their 2-1 defeat to Valencia in the final last May.
Los Leones, meanwhile, will be looking to add to their 23 Copa del Rey titles - second to only Barca (30) - come April, as they look to overcome La Blaugrana for the second time this season.
Bilbao needed penalties to overcome two second-tier sides in the round of 32 and 16, while Barca put in their most convincing display of the Quique Setien era thus far last time out - thumping Leganes 5-0 at the Camp Nou to set up this quarter-final clash.
Where to Watch on TV
|When is Kick Off?||Thursday 6 January|
|What Time is Kick Off?||20:00 (BST)|
|Where is it Played?||San Mamés Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream||ESPN Plus (US)|
Athletic boss Gaizka Garitano will be without versatile full-back Oscar de Marcos once more while goalkeeper Iago Herrerin is suspended after his early sending off against Tenerife in the last round.
Other than that, Garitano should have a fully fit squad to choose from for Thursday's fixture.
Setien, meanwhile, named a strong side against Leganes and that will likely be the case for the clash with Athletic.
The Spaniard, however, will be without long-term absentees Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, the latter of whom suffered another minor injury setback in training on Monday.
Number two keeper Neto is also a doubt after missing his side's last two encounters with an ankle injury while Arturo Vidal is unlikely to make the starting XI for this one after missing the Levante victory with a thigh issue.
|Bilbao||Simon; Capa, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche; D.Garcia, Lopez; Williams, R.Garcia, Muniain; Villalibre.|
|Barcelona||Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Firpo; Busquets, De Jong, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Fati.|
Head to Head Record
Aritz Aduriz's incredible acrobatic effort gave Los Leones the victory late on when they faced Barca on the opening weekend of the season. That strike being the 38-year-old's only goal of the campaign up to this point.
Aduriz's goal meant they secured just their seventh victory over the Catalans since 2011.
During that same time frame, La Blaugrana have beaten Thursday's opponents on 35 occasions in all competitions, while there have also been 12 draws between the pair.
Bilbao have struggled in La Liga
While they dominated territorially against the
Inigo Martinez and Yeray Alvarez have forged a strong partnership at the heart of defence - with Bilbao holding the third-best defensive record in the top-flight.
Barcelona, meanwhile, built on their thrashing of Leganes last Thursday by overcoming Levante 2-1 on Sunday night - with an Ansu Fati brace in the space of two first-half minutes being the difference between the two sides.
While they often impressed going forward, defensively they were poor - surrendering a couple of good chances to the visitors before Levante eventually pulled one back in stoppage time.
Their performances under Setien have shown that it'll take the players some time to get used to a return to the '
Here's how these two sides have fared in their last five outings.
|Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Getafe (02/02)||Barcelona 2-1 Levante (02/02)|
|Tenerife 3-3 Athletic Bilbao (2-4p) (28/01)||Barcelona 5-0 Leganes (30/01)|
|Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (25/01)||Valencia 2-0 Barcelona (25/01)|
|Elche 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (4-5p) (22/01)||Ibiza 1-2 Barcelona (22/01)|
|Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Celta Vigo (19/01)||Barcelona 1-0 Granada (19/01)|
Athletic's rigid defence will make this a tricky encounter for the travelling Barca.
The hosts could nick a draw in normal time and from there it's a complete toss-up as to who progresses. But surely Bilbao can't win three penalty shootouts on the bounce, right?
Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Barcelona (Barcelona to win on penalties)