Real Madrid - Barcelona prediction
The third edition of El Clasico this season is a semi-final clash for the Copa del Rey.
At this stage of the competition, the winner is determined in two matches with a swapped host.
Given the situation surrounding both teams in recent weeks, Real Madrid are expected to come out as favorites here.
Moreover, the home factor is also on their side.
But not quite, though.
As the Kings recorded one win and one loss in their previous two matches against Barca at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But the current form is on the side of the team from the capital.
Carlo Ancelotti's men snapped a 5-match winning streak in all competitions with a 1-1 draw against Atletico.
But Barca's loss at Almeria saw the Whites cut a point adrift in the La Liga standings.
For the current match, Luka Modric and Chuameni are back in Real Madrid's ranks.
But the absence of Alaba and Rodri continues.
The Catalans also have important absentees. Most of all, Robert Lewandowski will be missed.
The rest in question are Pedri and Dembele.
An important trend is that 6 of the previous 7 official derbies ended with both goals scored.
My prediction is that Real Madrid will win today. But Barcelona will probably score as well.
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 6 matches (5-1-0)
At the weekend, Real Madrid drew at home to city rivals Atletico in the derby of the La Liga round.
As the equalizing goal for the Kings was scored at the very end of the match.
With this draw, the Whites extended their streak of unbeaten matches to 6 in a row in all competitions.
Including the impressive 5-2 win at Anfield in the Champions League last 16 first leg.
As well as that 5-3 against Al Hilal , which crowned them as world club champions.
So far for the King's Cup, the White Ballet has recorded two minimal victories.
Before he had to play extra time in the quarter-finals to eliminate Atlético Madrid.
Barcelona fell into a mini crisis of 2 consecutive losses
Last week was a real nightmare for the Barcelona team.
First they were eliminated from the Europa League after Man United produced a complete turnaround against them at Old Trafford.
Then came the shocking 0-1 loss to Almeria in La Liga.
For this match, the coach of the Catalans Xavi had rested some of his offensive players .
And the result was there.
He stated that "This is his team's worst game of the season".
Adding that his players lack intensity and rhythm .
In that regard, this Copa del Rey semi-final against arch-rivals Real hardly comes at the most appropriate match for Barca.
However, this is the place to mention that Barcelona is the record holder in the Copa del Rey , winning 31 titles from the tournament so far.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Kroos, Chuameni, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
Injured: Mendy, Alaba, Rodrigo (questionable)
Lineup: Ter Stegen; Kunde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; De Jong, Busquets, Roberto; Rafinha, Torres, Gavi
Injured: Lewandowski, Dembele, Pedri, Fati (questionable)
Matches Real Madrid - Barcelona
|SK||15/01/23||Real Madrid 1:3 Barcelona|
|LL||16/10/22||Real Madrid 3:1 Barcelona|
|PS||24/07/22||Real Madrid 0:1 Barcelona|
|LL||20/03/22||Real Madrid 0:4 Barcelona|
|SK||12/01/22||Barcelona 2:2 (0:1 pr.) Real Madrid|
|LL||24/10/21||Barcelona 1:2 Real Madrid|