Kick-off: Wednesday, August 16 @10:00 PM GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Head to head record
Barcelona vs Real Madrid 1-3 (2017 Spanish Super Cup)
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 prediction
There will be fireworks when Real Madrid and Barcelona face each other at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of the 2017 Spanish Super Cup. Los Blancos aim to defend their two-goal lead in front of home fans, but the Catalan giants should never be written off.
Despite being regarded as underdogs against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg, Real Madrid did remarkably well to beat Luis Enrique’s troops at Camp Nou at the weekend (3-1). Cristiano Ronaldo came as a substitute in the second half of the match and scored a vital goal for the capital club, but the Portuguese ace was eventually sent off. As a result, CR7 will miss the return leg through suspension, but Zinedine Zidane’s troops are still considered hot favourites to win the Spanish Super Cup. Real Madrid outplayed Manchester United earlier this season and they are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Welsh superstar Gareth Bale has been playing below expectations at the start of the season, but, no doubt, the former Tottenham Hotspur ace is capable of posing a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Aforementioned attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely out of contention, but the likes of Isco and Mateo Kovacic should recover in time to face Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Coach Zinedine Zidane is likely to stick to the 4-3-1-2 formation.
Barcelona have yet to recover from a shocking Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian ace was sorely missed in the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid and it is more than obvious that Gerard Deulofeu is not capable of replacing him on the left wing. Barca face an uphill task in Wednesday’s clash against Real Madrid as they need to overcome a two-goal advantage at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but, one thing is for sure, the Catalan club are going to leave their hearts on the field. All eyes will be on Leo Messi, who helped Barcelona beat Real Madrid in the Spanish capital earlier this year in La Liga, whilst Luis Suarez is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors against los Blancos. Anyhow, Luis Enrique’s men will go all guns blazing at the capital club in the Spanish Super Cup, return leg, meaning that fans should see yet another football festival in Madrid.
Latest signing Paulinho is unlikely to play against Real Madrid, whilst Denis Suarez is pushing for a start. Coach Luis Enrique has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to Madrid.
- It has been 5 years since Real Madrid won their last Spanish Super Cup
- Barcelona are eyeing their 13th trophy in the competition
- Luis Enrique’s team had 16 goal attempts in the first leg
- Over 3.5 goals were scored in each of their last three meetings in all competitions
- Barca outplayed Sevilla in the 2016 Spanish Super Cup
Real Madrid vs Barcelona betting pick
Barcelona have nothing to lose in Wednesday’s clash in Madrid. The Catalan titans are likely to go all-out attack against Real Madrid and seeing that Zinedine Zidane’s men have been scoring goals for fun of late, there is every chance over 3.5 goals will be scored in the second leg of the 2017 Spanish Super Cup.
Pick: Over 3.5 goals