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Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet on Thursday, March 3rd, in the first leg of Copa del Rey semi-finals. Read our free predictions and find the latest odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview.
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Real Madrid and Barcelona to Draw
Both teams enter this game in good forms, with Barcelona doing a bit better lately, at least in La Liga since the team was eliminated from Europa League. However, in La Liga, Barcelona is seven points ahead of their fierce rivals and the main favourites to win the title.
The last duel between these two teams was in January, when they met in Spanish Super Cup final, which Barcelona comfortably won. However, Real Madrid seems to be in better form at this moment and Barcelona will be without Lewandowski, so our first Real Madrid vs Barcelona prediction is for the home team to win the match.
Both Teams to Score – Yes
As per the norm, this El Clasico will be graced by some of football’s most devastating attacking players and both Real Madrid and Barcelona have a number of lethal weapons in their armoury, even with Lewandowski out of the game.
With that in mind, our next Real Madrid vs Barcelona prediction is for both teams to score, which was the case in three of the last five head-to-head duels between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Real Madrid vs Barcelona
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Real Madrid odds: 1/1 (2.00) – 50.00%
Draw odds: 45/17 (3.65) – 27.40%
Barcelona odds: 3/1 (4.00) – 25.00%
We can see that the bookies expect Real Madrid to win this El Clasico, although the guests aren't without a chance, which is also expected. Meanwhile, the most likely First Goalscorer in this game is Karim Benzema at 15/4 (4.75) odds, which implies a 21.10% probability. Also, according to the odds, the most likely Correct Score for this match is a 1-1 draw at 33/5 (7.60) – 13.20%.
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Real Madrid – Barcelona Preview: News, Form, and Predicted Lineups
Read all the important news about both teams ahead of their duel, including our predicted Real Madrid vs Barcelona lineups:
Although Real Madrid is seven points behind their fierce rivals in La Liga, they are still in the race for the title and we could still see them defending it. They are also in good spot in Champions League after beating Liverpool 5-2 in their first duel in the knockout stages. Finally, Real Madrid is also still in play in Copa del Rey, so with them already winning European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, Real Madrid could end up with as many as five trophies this season.
Meanwhile, the team is without injured Ferland Mendy and David Alaba, while Rodrygo remains questionable at this time.
Real Madrid Predicted Lineup:
Courtois – Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho – Kroos, Tchouameni, Modric – Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
After losing just once in twenty two games in La Liga, Barcelona slipped over the weekend and lost to Almeria, a team fighting for survival in the league this season. This comes after Blaugrana was eliminated from Europa League by Man Utd, so we could be seeing a start of a bad run for Barcelona. On the bright side, they can now only focus on La Liga and Copa del Rey and their rivalship with Real Madrid in both competitions.
As we already mentioned, Robert Lewandowski got hurt over the weekend and he is out without a timetable for return. In addition to him, Barcelona will also miss Ousmane Dembele and Pedri.
Barcelona Predicted Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde – De Jong, Busquets, Roberto – Raphinha, Torres, Gavi
Teams usually announce their starting lineups an hour before kickoff.
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Player to Watch: Karim Benzema
This is El Clasico, which means that a great number of amazing players will be on the pitch on Thursday evening. Still, our voice for a player to watch goes to Karim Benzema, the reigning Ballon d'Or winner.
The French striker only appeared in 14 matches for Real Madrid in La Liga, but he still has eleven goals and three assists. Overall, Benzema has 18 goals in 25 appearances for the club in all competitions, so it's clear who Barcelona has to pay attention to the most in this game.