It’s time for the most anticipated El Clásico match of 2023. Fans are eager and looking forward to massive Copa del Rey semi-final action between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Thursday. Both teams will go toe-to-toe at Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s home stadium. In the quarter-final action of the tournament, Barcelona took a match with Real Sociedad, and Real Madrid went up against Atletico Madrid. The clear winners that moved to the semi-finals emerged in the form of Barcelona and Real Madrid, which ultimately and unavoidably led to this fixture. This matchup appears to be going to overtime because both teams have advanced this far in the competition and have a date to play in the championship. Read on to learn about BettingPremier’s take on the match.
El Clásico Details
Event: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
Tournament: Copa del Rey 2023 Semi-final Leg 1
Date: March 2, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM GMT / 1:30 AM IST (next day)
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain.
Where to Watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona?
The Copa del Rey Semi-finals will be broadcast live online on the Real Federación Española Fútbol (RFEF), the Spanish Football Federation’s official YouTube page.
Copa del Rey Win Odds
The outright odds for all the teams to win the Copa del Rey title this season is derived from the bet365.com site and mentioned below:
On the Real Madrid side, Ferland Mendy has a muscle injury, Rodrygo has hip flexor issues, and David Alaba has a hamstring injury. Thus, manager Carlo Ancelotti will not have access to these injured players.
Xavi Hernández, the manager of Barcelona, must choose a team with a restricted number of available players. Due to a ruptured ankle ligament in Keidi Bare and a groin injury for Adrià Pedrosa, they will not be on the roster.
El Clásico Prediction
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
Real Madrid comes into this match on the heels of a 1-1 La Liga result versus Atlético Madrid. Real Madrid enjoyed a 62% possession advantage and 7 goals on 18 shot attempts in that contest. Lvaro Rodriguez was the sole Real Madrid scorer. Recently, games against Real Madrid have frequently been thrilling affairs with lots of goals. 28 goals have been scored overall for both teams during their last 6 games, with 21 goals going to Real Madrid. Barcelona enters this fixture hoping for a better outcome after losing in their most recent La Liga contest against UD Almera. Barcelona had 72% of the possession in that game and 13 shots on goal, with 1 going in. Xavi Hernández’s squad scored a total of nine goals over their last six games.
Reviewing their previous meetings, which date back to early 2021, reveals that Real Madrid has won 4 and Barcelona has won 2, with 0 games getting drawn. Before this matchup, it is easy to see Barcelona and Real Madrid canceling each other. But things are somewhat different here. Real Madrid is in excellent form lately, while Barcelona is tumbling down. So it is very likely that Real Madrid can sweep a win. Since they are playing in their home ground, they have a substantial advantage in this matchup. Expect a thrilling encounter with Real Madrid going to the final at the end of the 90 minutes.
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