In this article, we will give you the best fantasy combinations, probable lineups, team news, key stats and grand league tips for the Copa Del Rey match between Real Madrid v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Barcelona
Copa Del Rey, Semifinal, Leg 1
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
3rd March, 01:30 a.m.
The semifinals of the Copa Del Rey will feature one of the biggest games in the world as Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for the first leg of the semifinals.
Real Madrid is presently seven points behind Barcelona in the La Liga standings, and Xavi has already won his first trophy as manager by leading Barcelona to a Spanish Super Cup triumph over Real Madrid. Yet because Manchester United eliminated Barcelona from the Europa League, they must win this match in order to have a successful season. Real Madrid must win because their hold on La League supremacy is in jeopardy. Los Blancos are still in the running to win the Champions League, but given how far behind they are in the standings (not including the Club World Cup), they might need to win a double to be satisfied with way things have gone.
Barca concedes 0.35 goals per game in La Liga; this number soars when they compete in cup competition. Barcelona has given up 19 goals in 15 cup games this season, a far more manageable 1.23 goals per game. Even if that’s still a fantastic statistic, it does demonstrate that Barcelona’s defense can be beaten when put to the test by strong attackers, as Real Madrid has. It’s especially problematic when Barcelona makes decisions like starting Marcos Alonso at centre defence, which is excellent for a game built on possession but can backfire if they’re on the back foot.
Due to a hamstring injury, Robert Lewandowski will probably miss El Clasico, although Ferran Torres can step in when necessary, and Raphinha has excelled with Ousmane Dembele out. After being eliminated from the Europa League, Xavi will be eager to redeem himself. If the Real Madrid team that defeated Liverpool with five goals in a row comes up, it will be quite the spectacle to watch.
Match Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
Unavailable: Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele
Real Madrid: Karim Benzema (17), Vinicius Junior (15), Fede Valverde, Rodrygo Goes (9)
Barcelona: Robert Lewandowski (25), Ousmane Dembele (8), Pedri, Raphinha (7)
Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior (8), Rodrygo Goes (7), Luka Modric, Marco Asensio (5)
Barcelona: Raphinha (8), Ousmane Dembele (7), Robert Lewandowski, Jordi Alba (6)
Tackles & Interceptions:
Real Madrid: Eder Militao (62), Eduardo Camavinga (58), Aurelien Tchouameni (56)
Barcelona: Sergio Busquets (74), Gavi (57), Frenkie De Jong (56)
Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior (60), Fede Valverde (47), Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos (45)
Barcelona: Ousmane Dembele (52), Raphinha (45), Pedri (44)
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Modric, Camavinga/Tchouameni, Kroos; F.Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Christensen/Eric Garcia, Balde; Busquets, Frenkie; Roberto, Gavi; Raphinha, Ferran
1. Karim Benzema
2. Vinicius Junior
3. Pablo Gavira
Grand League Picks:
1. Ferran Torres
2. Toni Kroos
3. Alejandro Balde
Best Fantasy Combination (Head to Head):
GK: T Courtois
Def: J Nacho Fernandez, A Rudiger, E Militao, R Araujo
Mid: L Modric, F De Jong, F Valverde, P Gavira
Fwd: K Benzema (c), V Junior (vc)
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