Can Barcelona squeeze past Villarreal in their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg?

Luis Suarez celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring his goal in a La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona host Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao face Espanyol in the Copa del Rey semi-final first legs...

Barcelona v Villarreal

Since losing 1-0 to David Moyes' Real Sociedad at the start of January, Barcelona have won nine consecutive matches in all competitions, scoring 34 goals.

That stunning run of form has left the Catalan giants just one point behind Real Madrid in La Liga, but Luis Enrique will also be firmly focused on the Copa del Rey as he seeks tangible success in his first season.

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona performs an overhead during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou

Barcelona will know what to expect in Wednesday's semi-final first leg against Villarreal, having faced their opponents in the league at the start of the month.

That close-fought encounter finished 3-2 to Enrique's side, although they had to twice come from behind to eventually secure an important victory.

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Villarreal will again be looking to winger Denis Cheryshev - who has the second-highest number of assists in La Liga (nine) behind Lionel Messi - and forward Luciano Vietto to provide a breakthrough.

Barcelona, meanwhile, will hope that Luis Suarez can fire them to victory after the forward scored his first goal in five matches against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Watch Barcelona v Villarreal live on Sky Sports 5 HD at 18.55 on Wednesday.

Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol

Following their 5-2 thrashing to Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao face Espanyol in a bid to get their ailing season back on track.

Ernesto Valverde's side have won only three times in their last 11 fixtures, scoring just 12 goals as the rest of the squad struggle to support top scorer Aditz Aduriz.

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Athletic may fancy their chances against Espanyol, however, especially in Wednesday's home tie at San Mames.

The visitors possess the worst away record of all teams in La Liga this season - picking up just five points in 10 matches - and are without a win in their last three games.

Athletic will need to be wary of Christian Stuani and former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo, with the latter scoring eight goals in his last 12 matches including crucial Copa del Rey strikes against Valencia and Sevilla.

Watch Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol live on Sky Sports 5 HD at 21.00 on Wednesday.

Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz (L) vies with Porto's Casemiro

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