5-5 draw at the Palau / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

ElPozo Murcia and Barça Alusport will face each other this evening (20:00, Esport3 and Marca TV) in the final of the King’s Cup in Antequera. The teams in first and second place, respectively, of the Regular League will meet in the title match four days before the post-regular season playoffs get underway. Besides the obvious incentive of winning the title, it’s a great opportunity for each team to gauge their rival’s strength ahead the Liga’s decisive round of matches.

Fernandao to miss the match

The team, who arrived to Antequera this Monday, travelled with 12 first-team players even though Carmona has confirmed that Fernandao will miss the match and that he’ll make a last-minute decision on Gabriel, who is doubtful. Eric Martel and Marc Tolrà, two youngsters from the Spanish Cup winning reserve side, are also with the team.

Forced tiebreak

Everyone is anticipating an evenly-matched final. In the Liga, both team teams drew against each other, both at the Palau Blaugrana (5-5 in October) and in Mucia (4-4 in March). Tonight’s final will serve as a tiebreaker between the two best teams in Spain. It’s worth noting, moreover, that the teams were locked in a close race for the top spot of the Liga until the last match of the regular season. ElPozo Murcia finished atop the table.

Barça Alusport are looking to claim their third title of the season after winning the Spanish Cup and the UEFA Futsal Cup.

“The court is a disgrace”

The Barça manager, Marc Carmona, showed his displeasure and that of the team’s with the condition of the court: “it’s a real disgrace that a King’s Cup final will be played on a court like this one. Let me remind you that after the match against Inter they told us we wouldn’t have to play again [with these conditions] and here we are again. It’s very sad. It’s a pitiful reflection of the sport and, moreover, I believe there’s serious risk of injury. I don’t understand that in a Liga as professional as ours that we have to play on a court like this.”