barcelona Team News:


Leo Messi missed training on Monday and is an injury doubt heading into this. Ousmane Dembele has made a quicker than expected recovery though and could feature. Regular Copa Del Rey goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is injured so Ter Stegen will start in goal.

real-madrid Team News:


Jesus Vallejo and Luca Zidane are the only injury absentees so Real are basically at full strength here. Lucas Vazquez is expected to come in for Gareth Bale while Dani Carvajal should return at right-back.

barcelona vs real-madrid Head to Head:

Real Madrid visited Camp Nou earlier in the season and were hammered 5-1, the final game under Julen Lopetegui. Los Blancos were unbeaten on their previous 4 visits to Barcelona though. The most recent cup clasico was the 2014 Final at the Mestalla, won 2-1 by Real Madrid thanks to an 85th minute Gareth Bale goal.

barcelona vs real-madrid Tip Reason:

The two giants of Spanish football this Wednesday commence an intense period that will see Barcelona and Real Madrid meet three times in less than a month. The first match is the Copa del Rey Semi-Final 1st Leg at Camp Nou as the Catalan giants aim to win the competition for the fifth straight year. Real Madrid’s record in the Copa del Rey is curiously poor and they actually went 18 years without winning it between 1993 and 2011, when they reclaimed the trophy under Jose Mourinho. They’ve won it once more since then but there is extra pressure on them this time around with slim hopes of a league title, although they did reduce the deficit to Barcelona to 8 points with an easy 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday night. Barcelona had dropped points the previous day with Valencia showing Real Madrid just how you can get at Ernesto Valverde’s side. Los Che posed big problems on the break for Barca and left Camp Nou with a 2-2 draw. There had been talk amongst senior figures at Barcelona that they’d be better off almost sacrificing the Copa del Rey this season but having been paired with Real Madrid, they’ve little choice but to go all-out for the cup now and the manner of their 6-1 comeback win in last week’s Quarter-Final 2nd Leg against Sevilla suggests they are certainly in the mood for another domestic double. However we’ve plenty of reason to expect a much closer game than the last time these sides met, a convincing 5-1 win for Barcelona in La Liga. Real Madrid are currently playing their best football of the season and with a host of players just returning from injury, they have a squad big enough to cope with an intense period that also sees them play a Madrid derby this coming weekend and restart their Champions League campaign. Players of the quality of Marcelo, Isco and Marco Asensio aren’t even first choice right now, which tells you plenty as to the depth of this squad and that could be a significant advantage they have on Barca, who have struggled whenever they’ve rotated this term. Real have won their last 5 matches in all competitions and 7 of their last 8 so they do take momentum into this one. Barca haven’t been in bad form but they’ve not hit the heights they reached at times at the end of 2018. The injury absence of Ousmane Dembele has been a blow, with Philippe Coutinho struggling for form and all too often they’ve been dependent on Leo Messi to dig them out of a hole, not least at the weekend when they came from 2-0 down to draw thanks to two Messi goals. Ernesto Valverde will be desperately hoping Messi can overcome a knock to feature here. Since the turn of the year, Barcelona have actually created fewer Expected Goals than their opponents in 5 of their 9 matches. That’s also a clear sign that things aren’t quite ticking perfectly for the Catalans and with Los Blancos coming into form and actually boasting a decent recent record on this ground before their mauling earlier in the season, backing Real Madrid Double Chance appeals. Going for Karim Benzema to score anytime also looks good. He has been Real’s star player in recent weeks and over the whole season in truth. Despite his reputation as not a great goalscorer, he has 18 for the season already in all competitions including 6 in his last 4 matches. Backing Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams is another bet that invariably lands in the Clasico and there are reasonably appealing odds available here. 70% of the Clasicos in domestic competition this decade have seen three or more scored, with both teams on target and clear favourites Barcelona have only kept once clean sheet in their last 5 matches.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Betting Prediction:

Barcelona 1 1 Real Madrid
Tip: Both Teams Score
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1.53
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