Old rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona meet at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday. The latest chapter of the El Clasico will be a two-legged Copa del Rey semi-final. The winners will face either Osasuna or Athletic Club in the 2023 Copa del Rey final.
It is always a spicy affair when these two Spanish heavyweights go head-to-head, and this semi-final promises fireworks. In this in-depth Copa del Rey betting preview, we provide the Real Madrid vs Barcelona predictions and soccer picks.
We track down the best odds for today’s soccer matches, and Real Madrid are the favorites to win this first leg on home soil. Right now, the bookies are offering just -110 for Los Blancos to get the victory on Thursday.
Barcelona are going great guns in La Liga, but Xavi’s men are the underdogs in Madrid. The away side are priced at +300 to seal a surprise win at the Santiago Bernabeu, while the draw is available at +250. Read on for the latest Barcelona stats and our Real Madrid vs Barcelona predictions.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Location of the Game: Santiago Bernabeu, Chamartin, Madrid.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 2, 2023, 3:00 PM ET.
How to Watch: ESPN+ | https://livestreamsports.co/
Madrid have had a topsy-turvy season so far. They are going well in the UEFA Champions League and recently became FIFA Club World Cup champions again, but they trail Barcelona in the race for the Spanish title.
The champions have played second fiddle to Blaugrana in La Liga this term, and Carlo Ancelotti’s troops are seven points behind the leaders with 15 games to play. Overall, the Madrid giants have won 16, drawn four, and lost three in the league.
After five league and cup victories on the spin, including an incredible 5-2 Champions League success at Liverpool, Real dropped more points in La Liga last time out. They were held to a 1-1 home draw by rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby on Saturday. However, Alvaro Rodriguez rescued a point for Real five minutes from time.
Real Madrid have an excellent Copa del Rey record over the years. However, they have not got their hands on the trophy since the 2013-14 campaign. On their way to the last four of this year’s competition, Madrid saw off Cacereno and Villarreal before getting the better of Madrid rivals Atleti in the last eight.
Beating rivals Barcelona is never an easy task, no matter what the occasion and this two-legged Copa del Rey semi-final could go either way. There are some tough games on the horizon on the Real Madrid schedule, but Real will be looking to make home advantage count in this one. Keep reading for our Copa del Rey betting tips and predictions.
Before a ball was kicked this season, winning La Liga was the priority for Xavi’s men. After a few bad years by their high standards, Barca are back to their best this year. They have been top most of the season and are closing in on a first Spanish title since the 2018-19 season.
Blaugrana have been incredibly consistent in the league this season, winning a staggering 19 of their 23 league matches. They have collected 59 points, scoring 45 goals to boot. Incredibly, Xavi’s men have conceded just eight league goals this term.
Despite their improvement, Barcelona head into this cup El Clasico having suffered back-to-back defeats. Last Sunday, they were beaten by Almeria for the first time ever, with El Bilal Toure scoring the only goal of the game at Power Horse Stadium to give the hosts a memorable win. A few days before that, Barca were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League after a loss to Premier League side Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The biggest clubs in the world bounce back from adversity right away, and Blaugrana have an excellent chance to get back on track by winning at the home of their rivals this Thursday. The Catalonia giants may be the underdogs in the capital, but Barcelona are capable of winning anywhere.
Below you will find the best Copa del Rey betting odds and top Real Madrid vs Barcelona predictions.
This will be the third meeting between these two fierce rivals this season. Real Madrid became the first team to beat Barcelona in the league this term when they secured a 3-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu in October. However, Blaugrana got revenge in the Spanish Super Cup in January, claiming a 3-1 victory of their own.
In this meeting last year, Barca picked up a stunning 4-0 victory in Madrid, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Ronald Araujo, and Ferran Torres getting the goals. The margin of victory is unlikely to be as sizable, but we fancy Barca to win at the Bernabeu again.
Things could be tight in terms of the scoreline, so take a punt on Barcelona to win by one goal at solid betting odds of +450. Also, you can get +600 for the away side to win and both soccer teams to score.
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