Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Spanish Copa del Rey
Date: 5 April 2023, Wednesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Spotify Camp Nou (Barcelona).
This week’s Copa del Rey features a huge game between Real Madrid and Xavi’s Barcelona. The former will be at Camp Nou to face off against the latter in an El Clasico on Wednesday.
Currently, Real Madrid are in second place in La Liga, but they have been inconsistent throughout the season. In their previous match, they trounced Real Valladolid 6-0. They will be looking to maintain their impressive form when they take on Rayo Vallecano.
At the moment, Barcelona is leading the league table. They have been playing well under Xavi, and they easily defeated Elche by a score of 4-0 over the weekend. They will be eager to continue their impressive form against Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Head to head :
- The first El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona happened in October last year. Since then, the Catalan club has won three in a row.
- In their last three meetings with Barcelona, Real Madrid have only managed to score two goals.
- In the 41 home games against Real Madrid, Barcelona has won 17, lost 12, and drawn 12 of them.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Prediction :
Both teams are coming off impressive victories in the league, and the match will be played at Camp Nou. The winner will advance to the cup final, and the bragging rights will be on the line.
We are very happy with how both Benzema and Lewandowski performed at the weekend, and we think that the over 2.5 goals market is a great bet. Also, the value is great with Karim Benzema as he is at 2.37 to score anytime.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Team News :
Barcelona team news
Frenkie de Jong and Pedri are expected to be unavailable for the hosts due to their respective commitments with the national team. Sergi Roberto or Kessie could be deployed in the middle alongside Gavi and Busquets.
Xavi is expected to welcome back Raphinha after he served a one-game suspension. Ansu Fati is likely to maintain his place on the left wing after his impressive performance against Elche.
Andreas Christensen and Ousmane Dembele are not expected to play.
Barcelona predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Alonso, Balde; Busquets, Gavi, Roberto; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Fati.
Real Madrid team news
In the defensive department, Carlo has concerns regarding the fitness of Ferland Mendy. He came back from a hamstring injury but has since picked up another issue.
Although Antonio was not in the squad for the win over Real Valladolid, his manager doesn’t think that his knee injury is serious. He’ll be able to start on Wednesday.
It’s widely expected that Carlo will make changes to his starting lineup following the defeat to Real Madrid. He’ll most likely revert to a 4-4-2 formation.
Real Madrid predicted lineup (4-4-2):
Courtois; Carvajal, Militão, Rudiger, Alaba; Valverde, Modric, Camavinga, Vinicius; Benzema, Rodrygo.