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How to watch the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona on Saturday, April 17

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Athletic Bilbao will have its second chance at a Copa del Rey in two weeks, but Saturday's final against a trophy-starved Barcelona will prove to be a tough task. 

The Basque side lost 1–0 to regional rival Real Sociedad in the 2020 Copa del Rey final, which was played April 3 after it was postponed by the pandemic.

Athletic has lost its last five Copa del Rey final appearances with its last victory coming in 1984 against Barcelona. 

Having already exited Champions League at the hands of PSG, Barcelona's chances at a major trophy this season took a hit after losing to Real Madrid in El Clásico last weekend, which dropped the club into third place in a packed La Liga title race. 

How to Watch:

Time: 3:30 p.m.

ET

TV Channel: None in the USA

Live Stream: You can stream the match on ESPN+.

Lineups: 

Athletic Bilbao XI: Simon; Balenziaga, Martinez, Yeray, De Marcos; Muniain, Lopez, Garcia, Berenguer, Garcia; Williams.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jon, Pedri; Griezmann, Messi.

Two points behind Atlético Madrid and one back of Real Madrid in La Liga, Barcelona risks going trophy-less for a second straight season if it loses Saturday in Sevilla.

Meanwhile, Bilbao enters the final winless in its last six matches in all competitions.

Barcelona and Athletic Club met three times in January, including Bilbao's memorable Supercopa win that saw Lionel Messi earn his first-ever red card at Barcelona for violent conduct. No Spanish club has won more Copa del Rey titles than Barcelona (30) and Athletic Bilbao (23). 

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How to watch the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona on Saturday, April 17.

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Entering the match, both teams are heading in opposite directions

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Barca, aside from the loss in last weekend's El Clasico, have been fantastic, looking to win the 

The 2020-21 Copa del Rey champion will be decided on Saturday when Barcelona meet Athletic Bilbao in Sevilla.

Entering the match, both teams are heading in opposite directions.

Barca, aside from the loss in last weekend’s El Clasico, have been fantastic, looking to win the double to end the season.

On the other side, Bilbao have failed to win any of their last six games but can validate their season with a trophy.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Barcelona: Here is an opportunity for a major trophy, a top priority, and also some serious momentum heading into the stretch run in La Liga.

Due to recent form, Barcelona should feel convinced that they will win.

But, they have to show it.

Barca have to remain disciplined in the final third, knowing Athletic have the potential to really hurt them on set pieces.

If the attack can just keep its recent pace of creating chances, they’ll be able to win this one, though it will be close. 

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Athletic Bilbao: It’s a really interesting situation for Athletic.  On April 3, they played in the 2019-20 Copa del Rey final after it was postponed due to the initial outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

So they just made that game up against rival Real Sociedad, losing the cup final 1-0.

Now they have another chance at a major trophy, and they’ll feel good about their prospects of beating Barcelona.

That’s because Athletic beat Barca in January in the Spanish Super Cup.

Expect Marcelino to have his team prioritize defending, sit very deep and aim to go on the counter.

Lionel Messi picks out the top corner in the second half on a free kick for what ends up being the winning goal. Pick: Barcelona 2, Athletic Bilbao 1

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– April 17, 2021