The second El Clasico season will take place overseas on Wednesday, when Barcelona will face Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia.
As the Copa de Rey 2020-21 winners, Barcelona will face La Madrid Vice-Champion 2020-21 Real Madrid in a thrilling match. The winner will face the team that emerges from the semifinals of Atletico Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s championship match.
The first time these two teams competed this season in October, the parties exchanged goals from the breaks for winning Real Madrid 2: 1 in La Liga. This time it will be the turn of the mini-competition in the final, because the loser will go home without a trophy.
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Barcelona is experiencing a very turbulent season, currently in La Liga standings back in sixth place, but a win against Real Madrid can turn the season around and give fans something they can hope for as the club looks for a place. in the next year’s Champions League. Real Madrid, meanwhile, is leading the league by five points and will want to make sure it keeps pace in the new year after stumbling in Getafe earlier this month.
What is Supercopa de Espana?
Spain, originally intended as an England’s Community Shield, where last year’s League Cup winner and domestic league competition winner faced each other, turned its foreign trophy into an even bigger showcase.
Now a tournament of four teams abroad, the Supercopa de Espana now presents the winner and runner-up of the previous season’s Copa del Rey against the winner and second place in the La Liga table of the previous season in the mini-elimination group.
The tournament has been held outside of Spain since 2018, although the year 2021 was brought back to Spain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second time it will take place in Saudi Arabia, thanks to an agreement signed in 2019 to bring three Supercopas to Riyadh.
How to follow Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
- Date: Wednesday, January 12
- Time: 2:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN
- Spanish TV: ESPN deports
- Streaming: fuboTV, ESPN +, WatchESPN.com (authenticated users only)
Wednesday’s Supercopa de Espana semifinals between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and streamed on ESPN + (subscribers) and WatchESPN (verification required).
Fans can also stream ESPN and ESPN Deportes via fuboTV, which offers a free trial for new users.
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Expected lineup Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Barcelona will have a new reinforcement Ferran Torres available plus young Pedri who both returned negative tests for COVID-19 and traveled to Saudi Arabia. Torres was officially registered and it would come as no surprise if he started. For manager Xavi Hernandez, this is all good news, given that they like it Sergino Dest, Frenkie de Jong, Ronald Araujo, a Ansu Fati they are all recovered and are in the platoon.
Samuel Umtiti could see the time after the signing of a new team contract, which allowed the club to register Torres in the first place, and his chances could be helped by the absence of Eric Garcia which misses with a new hamstring injury. Klement Lenglet there is also a rear option.
Barcelona expected basic lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Alves, Pique, Araujo, Alba – Nico, Busquets, De Jong – Dembele, Jutgla, Depay.
Real Madrid has an almost team ready for this event, so manager Carlo Ancelotti has a full choice. His only worries are Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, with the former not appearing since August due to a mixture of injuries and illnesses, including knee injuries, back problems and a match with COVID-19.
The set selection for Ancelotti includes the right rear seat (Dani Carvajal or Lucas Vázquez) and the right wing (Marco Asensio or Rodrygo). Otherwise, expect the Real Madrid squad, which will be the very first choice, to put the Barcelona team on the final test.
Expected basic line-up of Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois – Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy – Kroos, Casemiro, Modrič – Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Tips and betting Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
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Simply put, Real Madrid is a better team here and with a big lead. Although they manage to get the players back, Barcelona currently deserves sixth place in the La Liga table. While Real Madrid has its flaws, Los Blancos are a real contender for the Champions League title and Barcelona has no flaws at this level.
There is no reason not to support the better side, with silver cutlery and bragging about the world-famous rivalry on the line.
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If you really want to go for it, you can support Madrid and both teams to score and get a slightly better chance, but giving Barcelona the burden of getting involved is a risky proposal. While it is likely that both teams will find the back of the net in a high-speed match, a better bet is the end, as Real Madrid is likely to be able to hit it on its own.
Choice: Real Madrid to win and over 2.5 (+180)
Forecast: Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid
- Moneyline: Barcelona +265 / Draw +280 / Real Madrid +100
- Extension (Asian Handicap): Barcelona +0.5 (-115) / Real Madrid -0.5 (+100)
- Total O / U 2.5 goals: Over -150 / Under +130
- Both teams will score: Yes -190 / No +145