The biggest match on football’s global stage arrives as Spanish arch-rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid face each other in the Copa Del Rey semifinal across two legs
Barcelona enters the weekend after Lionel Messi salvaged a point scoring two goals against Valencia after they went 2-0 down at halftime. The Argentine suffered an elbow injury later in the game but played for 90 mins. Messi missed training on Monday and would be a major doubt for the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Messi did miss the first Clasico of the season due to an elbow injury but Barcelona decisively defeated Real Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou.
If Lionel Messi does miss the semifinal this season it would be the first time both Messi and Ronaldo aren’t competing against each other in the competition.
Barcelona has won three of their last five matches in all competitions. Messi being their stand out performer with 29 goals and 17 assists in 27 matches this season. He is currently the player with most goals across Europe’s top 5 leagues this season.
On the other side, Real Madrid continues their road to recovery as they come into this match after a 3-0 win against Deportivo Alavés at the Bernabéu. After suffering an early season collapse that led to the sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid now seem to be finding their feet. They have won five of their last five matches in all competitions. The Madrid giants have scored 16 times in the last 5 matches. Karim Benzema is in the goals again scoring 6 in his last 4 appearances. He has found the net 18 times this season which also makes him Real Madrid’s top scorer this season.
El Clasico statistics
In the 238 competitive matches played between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, Copa del Rey, Super Cup, League Cup and European competitions Real Madrid has won 95 times and Barcelona have won 93 times and have both have drawn on 50 occasions. Lionel Messi is the all-time highest goal scorer in this fixture with 26 goals closely followed by Ex-Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo with 18 goals.
Date: February 7 (Thursday)
Time: 1:30 AM IST
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
TV Guide: Sony Ten Live
Streaming: SonyLiv and Official club pages
Barcelona are favorites to win Copa del Rey semi-final first leg. Score prediction: 2-1