This is the match preview Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups. The El Clasico, the biggest game in club football, is here. Barcelona will come into this game on the back of a draw against Granada while Real Madrid will enter this game with a win against Valencia. The Los Blancos are at the top of the La Liga table.
Either Athletic Bilbao or Atletico Madrid lie in wait for the winners of Wednesday’s tie, with the final set to take place on Sunday night. Barcelona have had a massive COVID-19 crisis in the squad and injury crisis as well. They’ve lost a lot of points from winning positions in the games off late.
The latest one coming against Granada at the weekend. Gavi was sent off in the second half. Granada’s Antonio Puertas struck for his side in the 89th minute of the contest as a frustrated Xavi witnessed his side take just one point back to base. Xavi pointed out that Gavi lacked experience, and that the team needs to keep the intensity up throughout the game.
It is very clear that Barcelona cannot win the league this season, with their priority becoming the top four. With the Europa League in contention as well, they have two ways to secure a Champions League place. Barcelona have claimed a record 13 titles in the Spanish Super Cup but found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline against Athletic Bilbao last term.
Xavi’s men do enter the contest on a six-game unbeaten streak across all tournaments, but they have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine competitive matches in all competitions. Karim Benzema once again stole the show for Real Madrid, who eased to a 4-1 success over Valencia in front of their own fans on Saturday.
Karim Benzema scored his 300th goal for the club from a penalty followed by a Vinicius Junior brace, who is in top form. The former Lyon man has now followed in the footsteps of fellow 300-club members Alfredo Di Stefano, Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid’s tally of 11 Super Cup titles can only be bettered by Barcelona – with their most recent success coming against city rivals Atletico in 2020.
The first El Clasico of the season ended with Los Blancos winning 2-1 at Camp Nou back in October – their fourth successive win over Barcelona – and Real Madrid also won 5-1 over two legs in the final of the 2017-18 Spanish Super Cup.
Martin Brathwaite, Sergi Roberto, and Eric Garcia are out injured.
Ferran Torres has been registered and deemed fit to play. He’s expected to make his debut.
Ansu Fati, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, and Ronald Araujo, all have been given the medical green light to play.
Gerrad Pique is expected to start alongside Araujo in defence with Dest and Alba as the full-backs.
Nico, Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, and Bousquets will be in the middle of the park.
Ferran Torres and Dembele will be in attack.
Mariano Diaz and Gareth Bale are his only fitness concerns for the semi-final. Dani Carvajal and Luka Jovic are fit and raring to go.
Carvajal could come straight back into the side over Lucas Vazquez if he is deemed fit enough, with the remainder of Ancelotti’s backline remaining unchanged.
Ter Stegen; Dest, Pique, Araujo, Alba, Busquets, Frenkie, Gavi, Nico, Dembele, Ferran
Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr