Real Madrid - Barcelona prediction
The Spanish Super Cup tournament is being held in the capital of Saudi Arabia again this year for a commercial purpose.
Again, as in the previous thrash editions, the format is of 4 teams playing semi-finals.
And the winners of the two pairs meet in the final for the award.
This is how the first El Clasico for 2023 took shape.
Real Madrid eliminated Valencia in the semi -finals after a better penalty shootout (1-1 in regular time and extra time).
Barcelona reached the final in identical fashion, eliminating Betis.
They finished tied 1-1 in regular time and traded another goal in overtime.
But here, too, in the penalty shootout, luck smiled on the more famous of the two opponents.
Another similarity between the two games is that both Real and Barca's goals were scored by their leaders.
Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski, respectively.
This led me to a slightly more unconventional football prediction for this match.
Namely, both strikers to score today.
Lewandowski is hungry for action after not playing since the World Cup.
Benzema has also shown good form since his return from injury.
As for the outcome of the meeting, it's a complete blur for me. Triple match.
So we are waiting for a spectacle and at least one goal each from Benzema and Lewa.
Real Madrid - statistics and info
Real Madrid are the second most successful club in the history of the Spanish Super Cup , lifting the trophy on 12 occasions.
Including last season, when they beat Barcelona in the semi-finals, and in the final they also dealt with Athletic Bilbao.
Carlo Ancelotti's side have the chance to secure this trophy again.
They qualified for the final four after winning the La Liga title last season.
And with their victory over Valencia after penalties (1-1 in regular time and overtime), they qualified for the final.
Ahead of the tournament in Saudi Arabia, Los Blancos were beaten 1-2 by Villarreal in La Liga.
As a penalty scored by Gerard Moreno made the difference between the two teams then.
The reigning champions are now three points behind leaders Barcelona , who beat Atletico 1-0 on Sunday night.
Real Madrid will face Villarreal again in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on January 17.
Before facing Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad in their final two league games until the end of January.
Barcelona - statistics and info
Barcelona extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games (5-2-0).
When securing a narrow 1-0 away win over Atletico Madrid in La Liga last weekend.
Ousmane Dembele's 22nd-minute strike helped Barca claim all three points from the match.
And both teams were reduced to 10 men after Ferran Torres and Stefan Savic were sent off late in the match.
With this success, Xavi's side benefited from Real Madrid's loss to Villarreal.
And the Catalans extended their lead at the top of La Liga to three points after 16 games played.
Barca will now try to lift their first trophy under Xavi - the Super Cup.
A competition they have won a record 13 times.
Barcelona, however, have fallen short in the past three years.
With semi-final defeats to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in 2020 and 2022 respectively.
As well as losing 2-3 after extra time in the 2021 final against Athletic Bilbao.
When in the last minute of the match, Lionel Messi received his only red card in his Barca career.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Nacho, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Valverde, Modric; Rodrigo, Benzema, Vinicius
Injured: Chuameni, Alaba
Questionable: Vasquez, Militao, Odriozola
Lineup: Ter Stegen; Kunde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; F. de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Fati
Matches Real Madrid - Barcelona
|LL||16/10/22||Real M 3:1 Barcelona|
|PS||24/07/22||Real M 0:1 Barcelona|
|LL||20/03/22||Real M 0:4 Barcelona|
|SK||12/01/22||Barcelona 2:3 Real M|
|LL||24/10/21||Barcelona 1:2 Real M|
|LL||10/04/21||Real M 2:1 Barcelona|