FC Barcelona to enter the Finals

FC Barcelona to enter the Finals

FC Barcelona is aiming to qualify for the Copa del Rey finals, when they meet with Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-finals. It was Barcelona who is in the driver seat in this match, after they had a 1-0 win on their first leg. However, Real will surely not go easy with Barcelona, as they are also aiming for a spot in the Finals. Barcelona needs to protect their lead if they want to qualify for the final round, as they are only leading with one point. Real on the other hand will surely not back down as they are just down by one goal. This meeting will be on April 6, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), as Barcelona play as hosts.

Surprisingly, this meeting will be the fifth time that these two teams will meet this season. All in all, these two teams already shared 253 meetings prior to this match. From those 253 meetings, the visitors has a narrow lead against the hosts, winning 101 games. The hosts on the other hand have won 100 matches, while the remaining 52 games all ended in draw. Moreover, the hosts are doing well recently, being unbeaten in their last five matches across all competitions. The visitors on the other hand have lost to three of their last 11 matches in their domestic league.

FC Barcelona

Copa del Rey: FC Barcelona
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Barcelona is doing well in their domestic league, where they are sitting at the top of the league table. This is not surprising though as this squad have been impressive this season, especially under their manager. Moreover, they are coming into this game from a win against Elche, where they came out as a dominating squad. Their 4-0 win against Elche gives them the confidence for this match. Moreover, they are also coming into this game with a 1-0 lead in the series. This is huge because if they can protect this lead, they will qualify for the Finals, where they can most likely win. However, if they want to qualify for the finals, they need to be at their best in this match.

Their long-term absentees such as Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie de Jong, and Andreas Christensen are still unavailable in this match. Fortunately, Raphinha will be back for Barcelona in this match after serving his suspension.

Real Madrid

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid
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When it comes to the standings in their domestic league, Real is just as good as Barcelona, as they are sitting at the second of their standings. They are one of the most impressive squads in the tournament, so expect them to give their all for this match. After all, it is what they needed to do, as they are under pressure, considering that they are down by one goal in this series. Fortunately, they are confident in this match, considering their 6-0 victory against Real Valladolid in their last meetings. For this match, they are hoping for the same results, to seal a qualification in the Copa del Rey Finals.

Antonio Rudiger remains to be a doubt in this match, after a knee discomfort he felt prior to their win over Valladolid. Ferland Mendy on the other hand is a sure miss in this match, following his calf problem.

Prediction:

Draw
Odds: -0.84
FC Barcelona to win on aggregate (2-1)

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