On Wednesday, April 5, in Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium, the second leg of the semi-final of the Spanish Cup in football will take place, in which the Catalan “Barcelona” and Madrid will play. The starting whistle of referee Juan Martinez Munuera from Valencia will sound at 22:00 Kyiv time.
The current season in the performance of the Catalan “Barcelona” is devoted mainly to the difficult process of restoring its own reputation, which the team managed to lose over the past few difficult years. Of course, at this stage we are talking exclusively about the domestic arena, since for the second year in a row the playoffs of the UEFA Europa League are not as attractive for the Blaugranas as La Liga or even the Spanish Cup. Xavi’s team has already managed to build up an outstanding twelve-point lead over Real Madrid in the championship, stole the country’s Super Cup from under the nose of the principal rival in January this year, and now they are seriously threatening to leave Ancelotti’s team even without the Copa del Rey.
To do this, “Barcelona” has a great help in the form of a victory on the field of opponents, albeit with a minimal advantage (1:0), in the first part of a two-legged duel. It is obvious that after the rejection of the so-called “away goal rule”, this result has completely ceased to have significant weight in world football, especially when it comes to confrontation between teams of this level. But the players of Xavi this season show simply incomprehensible miracles of reliable play in the defense of their own goal, as clearly shown by just nine goals conceded in 27 La Liga matches. At the same time, the “Blaugranas” were let in only twice at home. And a streak of five victories in a row should give the team a bit of confidence, even with injuries to key players like Pedri or Frenkie de Jong.
In fact, right now, Real Madrid is facing rather bleak prospects of being left without trophies at all at the end of the current season. No one knows how the duel against Chelsea London in the UEFA Champions League will end for Carlo Ancelotti’s team, which, apparently, will no longer be able to defend the league title, and, as we already mentioned, the Spanish Super Cup was lost at the beginning of the year. Of the obvious possibilities, only the Cup remains, but even here the situation is developing in such a way that the principal rivals, rather than the “royal” club, will rather go to the final match against Osasuna.
However, there is no need to once again motivate Real Madrid to confront Barcelona on its field, and previous failures should only provoke Ancelotti’s team. Barça have already figured out how to counter Vinicius on the flank, Benzema is also extremely difficult to find his scoring chances from match to match, but at the same time, the Galacticos still score a lot of goals, and over the weekend the modest Valladolid got their gate completely immodest six unanswered shots (6:0). Real Madrid, like Barcelona, have problems with the playing tone after the March international pause, but the proximity of the Champions League matches should give the team proper acceleration.
Barcelona: ter Stegen – Balde, Alonso, Kunde, Araujo – Gavi, Busquets, Kessie – Fati, Lewandowski, Rafinha.
“Real”: Courtois – Alaba, Nacho, Militao, Vasquez – Modric, Chuameni, Kroos – Vinicius, Benzema, Valverde.
Out: Dembele, Christensen, Pedri, de Jong – Mendy.
Forecast for confrontation
We believe that Xavi’s team will secure the desired result in the upcoming game. Our bet will be the position – “Barcelona” will not lose and TM 2.5 with a coefficient of 1.90.
April 5, Wednesday
Barcelona – Real Madrid (first match – 1: 0)Barcelona. “Camp Nou”. 22:00 Live TV broadcast – MEGOGO video service
Arbitrator: Juan Martinez Munuera (Valencia, Spain) Prediction Sport.ua – 1:1
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