It is time for some Spanish club football and what could be better than El Classico. Real Madrid will be hosting Barcelona for the first leg of the semi-final of Copa del Rey. Both the teams have been close competitors for a long time and every time they make their way to the field, things always get heated up.
Real Madrid must be confident enough after showing their dominance against Liverpool in the first leg of round 16 of the Champions League.
Barcelona have been through a rough patch recently where the club exited Europa League after facing defeat by Manchester United. The top bookmakers in India are giving some fancy odds for the match.
Real Madrid to edge past Barcelona 2-1 in a closely fought encounter.
The betting tip is...
Real Madrid to win
It was astonishing to see Real Madrid winning the first leg of round 16 against Liverpool by 2-5. The team displayed aggression on the field and the result was positive for the Whites. However, their last fixture ended up as a draw against Atletico Madrid with a scoreline of 1-1. The Whites are expected to be confident enough to score a win in the first leg against Barcelona.
David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, and Rodrygo are in the injury room and won’t be part of the starting XI.
Predicted Lineup: Thibaut Courtois, Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho Rodriguez, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior
It was disappointing to see Barcelona’s exit from the Champions League and now they won’t be part of the Europa League as well. Barca lost the second leg to Manchester United in the Europa League and had to accept their early exit. However, the rough patch continued as they lost their La Liga fixture to Almeria by 1-0. This will make them vulnerable in the La Liga point table.
Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, and Pedri are all injured and will not be part of this tie
Predicted Lineup: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Andreas Christensen, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Franck Kessie, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Ferran Torres, Robert Lewandowski, Gavi
Both the teams are evenly matched and we expect it to be a thrilling and close encounter.
However, we think the home atmosphere might help Real Madrid to edge past Barcelona. So we are going with a 2-1 win for Madrid.