The second El Clásico of the season will take place abroad on Wednesday when Barcelona face Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.
As winners of the 2020-21 Copa del Rey, Barcelona face Real Madrid, runner-up in the 2020-21 League, in a delicious match. The winner will face the team that comes out of the semifinal Atlético de Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao in the championship match on Sunday.
The first time these two teams met this season in October, the teams exchanged goals in injury time in Real Madrid’s 2-1 La Liga win. This time, a place in the final of the mini-competition will be up for grabs, as the loser will go home without trophies.
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Barcelona is going through a very tumultuous season, currently in sixth place in the La Liga standings, but a win against Real Madrid can turn the season’s fortunes in the blink of an eye and give fans something to look forward to while. the club is chasing a place. in the Champions League next year. Meanwhile, Real Madrid lead the league by five points and will want to make sure they maintain their momentum into the new year after stumbling in Getafe at the beginning of the month.
What is the Spanish Super Cup?
Originally intended to be similar to England’s Community Shield, pitting the previous year’s League Cup winner against the winner of the national league competition, Spain has transformed its rare trophy into an even bigger showcase.
Now a four-team tournament located abroad, the Spanish Super Cup now features the winner and runner-up of the King’s Cup from the previous season against the winner and runner-up of the previous season’s La Liga table in a group of mini playoffs.
The tournament has been held outside of Spain since 2018, although the 2021 edition was brought back to Spain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second time it will be held in Saudi Arabia, thanks to an agreement signed in 2019 to bring three Super Cups to Riyadh.
How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid
- Date: Wednesday, January 12
- Hour: 2 pm ET
- TV: ESPN
- Spanish television: ESPN Sports
- Transmission: fuboTV, ESPN +, WatchESPN.com (authenticated users only)
Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup semifinal between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and will be broadcast on ESPN + (subscribers) and WatchESPN (authentication required).
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Projected lineups Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Barcelona will have a new signing Ferran torres available younger Pedri who tested negative for COVID-19 and traveled to Saudi Arabia. Torres was officially registered and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it started. This is all good news for coach Xavi Hernandez given that the likes of Sergino fate, Frenkie de Jong, Ronald araujo, Y Ansu Fati They are all recovered and among the squad.
samuel umtiti could see the time after signing a new friendly contract with the team that allowed the club to register Torres in the first place, and his chances could be favored by the absence of eric garcia which is lost with a new hamstring injury. Clemente Lenglet it is also an option at the rear.
Barcelona’s projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Alves, Piqué, Araujo, Alba – Nico, Busquets, De Jong – Dembélé, Jutgla, Depay.
Real Madrid have a nearly fit squad for this event, leaving coach Carlo Ancelotti with a full selection from the lot. Your only concerns are Gareth Bale Y Mariano diaz, with the first not appearing since August due to a mix of injuries and illnesses, including a knee injury, a back problem and a fight with COVID-19.
The lineup options for Ancelotti involve the right back (Dani carvajal or Lucas Vazquez) and right (Marco Asensio or Rodrygo). Otherwise, expect a totally first-choice Real Madrid lineup to put the tension of the Barcelona team to the test.
Projection of the starting eleven of Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois – Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy – Kroos, Casemiro, Modric – Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Betting forecast and prediction Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Simply put, Real Madrid are the best team here, and by a wide margin. Although they are recovering players, Barcelona currently deserves its sixth place in the La Liga table. While Real Madrid has its flaws, Los Blancos are a true contender for the Champions League title, and Barcelona are not up to that level.
There’s no reason not to back the better side here, with a shot at winning the trophy plus the bragging rights in a world-renowned rivalry at stake.
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If you really want to give it a go you can back Madrid and both teams to score and get slightly better odds, but putting the responsibility on Barcelona to contribute scoring is a risky proposition. While both teams will likely find the back of the net in a high-flying match, the best bet is the end, as Real Madrid can probably pull that off on their own.
To choose: Real Madrid win and more than 2.5 goals (+180)
Prediction: Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid
- Money line: Barcelona +265 / Draw +280 / Real Madrid +100
- Spread (Asian handicap): Barcelona +0.5 (-115) / Real Madrid -0.5 (+100)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -150 / Under +130
- Both teams to score: Yes -190 / No +145
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.