The King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia will host the latest edition of El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as the two bitter rivals meet in the Spanish Super Cup. The four-team tournament begins at the semi-final stage, with a place in Sunday’s final against either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao up for grabs.
Where and when: King Fahd Stadium – 12 January, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: BT Sport
Last time: David Alaba and Lucas Vasquez scored as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Nou Camp in October, with Sergio Aguero netting a 97th-minute consolation in what proved to be the Argentine’s only goal for Barca.
Barcelona v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Barcelona were fortunate to escape with only a one-goal defeat when they last played Real Madrid in El Clasico. Los Blancos were much better than their hosts less than three months ago, in what was another performance that sealed Ronald Koeman’s fate as Barca boss.
Xavi will be in the dugout for the Catalans this time round, and the former midfielder has sparked an upturn in performances so far at the club, even if results still leave a lot to be desired. There’s a clear return to proper Barca traditions, not least with the continuing emergence of youngsters such as Pedri and Gavi.
However, Barcelona’s youthful exuberance and managerial inexperience comes up against an array of older and wiser heads in Saudi Arabia in this Supercopa de Espana clash. Madrid are led by Carlo Ancelotti, who has a wealth of trophy-winning experience, even if this is not a competition that’s valued particularly highly but either of these clubs.
There’s never any love lost when these two bitter rivals cross paths though, with Real looking to press home their recent advantage over Barca. Madrid are on a four-match winning run against the Blaugrana, with Los Blancos scoring nine goals across those La Liga fixtures and conceding only three at the other end.
Madrid also held a massive 15-point lead over Barca in the league table ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, albeit having played one game more than the Catalans. From on-pitch performances to the state of play off the field, these Clasico clubs are in very different places right now and it should come as no surprise that Los Blancos are the 11/10 favourites in this Barcelona v Real Madrid preview.
Barca are available at 9/4, while the draw at the end of normal time is priced at 27/10 with William Hill. This game will go to extra time with the potential for penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes, with Madrid 4/7 to qualify for the final by any method and Barca 5/4 for the same bet. Any success for the Catalans may depend on their recent Covid-19 situation improving considerably.
One to watch for Barcelona: Memphis Depay should be fit for this game after injury, with the Dutch forward one to look out for in the goalscorer markets in these Barcelona v Real Madrid predictions.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has been rattling in the goals all season for Madrid and he is one to watch if you're looking to a candidate to break the deadlock on Wednesday.
Long shot: Although the smart money goes on Real in this game, you may fancy Barca to upset the odds and end their poor run in El Clasico. The Catalans last beat Madrid in March 2019 and are 14/1 to repeat that 1-0 triumph in these Barcelona v Real Madrid tips.