Kick-off: 2000, 06/02/2019
Stadium: Camp Nou
Barcelona entertain Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday and we’re backing the Catalan giants for El Clasico joy.
The hosts have lifted this trophy for the past four years and have already thrashed their arch-rivals 5-1 at Camp Nou in La Liga this season, even without Lionel Messi.
Ernesto Valverde’s side get a confident vote at 4/5 to prevail on the night in our initial Barcelona vs Real Madrid prediction.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona have had to survive a couple of scares in this competition, losing 2-1 away to Levante and 2-0 at Sevilla in the last two rounds.
However, the Blaugrana bounced back on home turf each time, beating those teams 3-0 and 6-1 respectively at this venue.
Messi was on the mark in both of those victories and again showed his well-being when bagging a brace in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia in Spain’s top flight.
Luis Suarez has been the man to watch in recent El Clasico contests, though, hitting a hat-trick in the league rout here towards the end of October to make it five goals in the last three meetings.
Looking at the Barcelona vs Real Madrid odds, let’s go with the Uruguay striker to net first at 13/4.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real Madrid should be in decent spirits after Sunday’s 3-0 La Liga triumph over Alaves at the Bernabeu made it five straight wins in all competitions, with 16 goals scored in those games.
However, we felt that the Whites were flattered by that final scoreline, with the visitors very much still in contention at just 1-0 down until conceding twice more late on.
Real have been unconvincing for large parts of the campaign and this is the kind of match where they will really miss former talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gareth Bale is also still short of peak fitness, starting for the first time since suffering a calf injury over the weekend, but coming off after 63 minutes.
Santiago Solari told LaLigatv: “Gareth is coming through a process of being out for a while. He’s been playing half an hour here, half an hour there and now an hour. He’s just looking for the rhythm that he needs.”
Real need their remaining big guns to be firing on all cylinders to challenge in elite-level clashes like this and that isn’t quite the case right now.
We’re siding with the hosts to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 at 13/4 in the multiple correct score market to complete our Barcelona vs Real Madrid betting tips.
BARCELONA 2-2 Valencia – Lionel Messi (2)
REAL MADRID 3-0 Alaves – Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Mariano
Head-to-head: Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid, Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona, Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid
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