Trophy tilt between Barca and Real

April, 19, 2011

The second of four Real Madrid-Barcelona matches in 18 days is Wednesday's Copa del Rey final (3:30 p.m. ET on and ESPN Deportes). This is the only one of their meetings this season at a neutral site, the Mestalla in Valencia, and it's also the only one that will directly determine a champion.

• Barcelona owns a record 25 Copa del Rey titles, most recently as part of its European treble in 2009. Surprisingly, Real Madrid's 17 titles are only the third-most in Copa history, also trailing Athletic Bilbao's 23, the most recent of which was in 1984.

• Real Madrid's last Copa del Rey title was in 1993. Madrid's current 17-season drought without a Copa title is its longest in the 110-year history of the tournament, topping a 16-season dry spell from 1918 to 1933. Barcelona's longest run without a Copa title was 11 seasons from 1929 to 1941, during which two competitions were canceled because of war.

• This game in Valencia will mark the sixth time that Real Madrid and Barcelona have played in the final. Barcelona has won three of its previous five final encounters with Madrid, and the clubs have split two finals in Valencia. Barcelona won the most recent final meeting, 2-0 at Mestalla in 1990. Real Madrid won the other final in Valencia, 2-1 in 1936.

• Lionel Messi needs one goal to be the first Barcelona player with 50 competitive goals in a season. Messi is the leading scorer in all four competitions he has played this season. He has 30 La Liga goals, nine in the Champions League, seven in Copa del Rey and three in the Supercopa.

• The neutral site in Valencia allows the Soccer Power Index projection to be free from any home-field advantage. Barcelona, rated the top team in Europe, is projected to win 59.4 percent of the time. Real Madrid, the second-highest rated team, is given a 40.6 percent chance of victory.



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