Kick-off: Sunday, August 13 @9:00 PM GMT
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Head to head record
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2-3 (2017 International Champions Cup)
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2-3 (2016/2017 La Liga)
Barcelona vs Real Madrid 1-1 (2016/2017 La Liga)
Barcelona vs Real Madrid 1-2 (2015/2016 La Liga)
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 0-4 (2015/2016 La Liga)
Barcelona vs Real Madrid prediction
Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two bitterest rivals, face each other at Camp Nou in the 2017 Spanish Super Cup, first leg. Barca aim to build on a thrilling 5-0 win over Chapecoense, whilst los Blancos will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration following a win in the European Super Cup.
MSN era over
Barcelona failed to impress in the 2016/2017 season, with the team suffering a loss to Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals, while finishing the La Liga campaign in second place in the standings. Barca are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign, but they will be without Brazilian ace Neymar in the upcoming season as he joined PSG for a fee of £198m. The club chiefs aim to sign Philippe Coutinho before the transfer window closes, but there is every chance Gerard Deulofeu will start against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, first leg. Luis Enrique’s troops head into Sunday’s clash following a splendid 5-0 win over Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Cup, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the game against Real Madrid. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be “Argentine magician” Leo Messi, who scored 37 goals for Barca in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign.
Andres Iniesta should recover in time to face Real Madrid and there is every chance coach Luis Enrique is going to field the best possible side in the first leg.
Los Blancos can’t stop winning trophies
Despite the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo played only 14 minutes in the European Super Cup clash against Manchester United, Real Madrid did remarkably well to win the prestigious trophy. CR7 should be recalled to the starting line-up for the Barca game and all eyes will be on the Portuguese superstar when the two teams take on each other at Camp Nou. The club chiefs did not make too many changes to the squad in the summer transfer window, meaning that coach Zinedine Zidane will count on his star players for the Spanish Super Cup. James Rodriguez is no longer part of the team, but it is well known that the Colombian ace failed to establish himself as a first-team regular during his spell with the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit. Real Madrid aim to win yet another important trophy and it has to be noted that the capital club are eyeing “La Decima” (tenth) in the Spanish Super Cup.
Aforementioned attacker Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the starting XI, whilst important midfielder Luka Modric misses the game through suspension.
- Over 2.5 goals were scored in 11 of last 12 meetings between Real Madrid and Barca
- Barcelona are after their 13th Super Cup trophy
- Luis Enrique’s men are on a 12-game winning run at home in La Liga
- Real Madrid won their last Spanish Super Cup in 2012
- Barca defeated Sevilla in the 2016 Spanish Super Cup
Barcelona vs Real Madrid betting pick
There will be fireworks when Barca and Real Madrid square off against each other at Camp Nou and, as always, a high-scoring affair is on the horizon. Both sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the first leg and there is every chance fans will see a real football festival on Sunday evening.
Pick: Over 3.5 goals