Barcelona beat Cueta 5-0 to make it to the Copa del Rey quarters while Real Sociedad edged out Mallorca 1-0 in the round of 16 to advance. The Catalan giants were given not one, not two, but three scares by Intercity - and more specifically their hat-trick hero Oriol Soldevila - in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey, but the Catalan giants experienced no such heart-in-mouth moments when traveling to third-tier Ceuta. Robert Lewandowski scored a brace in the 5 goals thriller to boost the confidence of the Catalan giants who are out to win a 32nd Copa del Rey title.
Xavi's men are just coming from a 1-0 La Liga victory where Pedri's first-half strike proved to be the winner in a 1-0 victory against Getafe. The narrow success now keeps them three points clear from Real Madrid in the La Liga table standings. Their focus is now temporarily taken from La Liga as they have set sight to reaching the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey competition. Qualifying for the last four of the competition will make it their 11th appearance at that stage of the tournament in 13 seasons further proving their superiority in Spanish football. Ten of their last 11 fixtures have ended in victory with the only exemption being the 1-1 stalemate they encountered against Espanyol.
The Catalan giants might know a thing or two about winning football games but Real Sociedad have developed quite a natural skill for victories themselves. Through Robert Navarro's first-half strike, Imanol Alguacil's side managed to edge out Mallorca 1-0 in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey tournament to qualify for the last 8 of the competition. The success was followed up with a resounding 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday. Sociedad have only conceded one goal in their last 630 minutes of football. They will be looking to right the wrongs of the 2021-2022 Copa del Rey season where their campaign ended in a humiliating 4-0 quarter-final defeat which they suffered at the hands of Real Betis. However, Sociedad's last win over Barcelona came in 2016 when they beat them in a slim victory of 1-0. Whatever is in store for football fans tonight as they anticipate the match, one thing for sure is that it is going to be an exciting fixture as two teams that are both in their best forms battle it out at Camp Nou.