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La Liga Leaders Clash With Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup Semis

It’s been almost three months since Barcelona and Real Madrid played each other in La Liga. This time, the Blaugrana will be locking horns with the Spanish top-flight league leaders in the semifinal of the 2021-22 Spanish Super Cup. You can live-bet on the European top leagues by using our sportsbook.

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Poorest Start in 50 Years for Barca

Barcelona has endured its worst start to a La Liga campaign under Ronald Koeman, managing just eight points in its first six games. Koeman was sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge and former club legend Xavi was appointed to lead and revive the squad. He’s Barcelona’s fifth manager in two years, if you count an interim.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Spanish Super Cup Odds, Picks 2022
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And for the first time in nearly two decades, Lionel Messi isn’t around to salvage the season. On top of, Barcelona has a billion-dollar debt. With all these issues, Barcelona is unbeaten in its previous five La Liga games, sitting sixth in the standings, just two points behind third-placed Betis.

Barcelona outperformed each of itspr evious six opponents in La Liga based on expected goals, but won just two games. They enter this clash as underdogs at +265 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.

It’s Xavi’s first Clasico ever since he took over as head coach of Barcelona, which will be missing six players. Eric Garcia will be out for roughly five weeks due to a hamstring injury; Ronald Araujo was also forced to withdraw due to a hand injury; Pedri tested positive for Covid despite being injured and is currently in self-isolation; Sergi Roberto will be unavailable for at least the next four months; Martin Braithwaite is recovering from knee surgery while Ferran Torres has been out due to a metatarsal fracture since October, an absence that has been extended due to a positive Covid test.

They have managed to keep just one clean sheet in their last nine games and that was in Mallorca. Barcelona came unstuck last weekend in La Liga, as Granada rallied to rescue a point against the 10-man Blaugrana. They can forget about their domestic league title or Champions League, so they will enter this match all guns blazing because the Super Cup trophy probably represents the last piece of silverware they could win this season.

Barcelona haa claimed a record 13 titles in the Spanish Super Cup but found themselves on the wrong end last term when Bilbao beat them 3-2. They are not the team to back this season and we don’t recommend you include them to your soccer picks and parlays.

Real Madrid: Benzema Mr. 300

Karim Benzema made history for Los Blancos last weekend as he scored his 300th goal for the club. He’s the fourth player to reach that milestone in club’s history, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (450), Raul (323) and Alfredo Di Stefano (308). La Liga’s leaders returned to its winning ways with an easy win against Valencia, scoring twice before the hour-mark. It was their best performance of the season going forward as they finished with their most shots in a match this term with 23 and xG (expected goals) of 4.0.

They controlled the possession, they dictated the rhythm of the game and had very little to worry about defensively, despite being red-carded. They won eight of their last 14 head-to-heads against Barcelona, losing just two in the process. They enter this clash on the back of four wins in a row in their mutual encounters against their biggest rivals, but they are overpriced for this clash.

Real Madrid is one of the most consistent teams and the best attacking sides in Europe, and we expect them to continue on the same trend. If you’re betting online, Real Madrid is the team to watch and bet on week in and week out.

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Mariano Diaz and Gareth Bale are his only fitness concerns for this match, with Dani Carvajal and Luka Jovic being fully fit and ready to make an appearance if needed. A depleted Barcelona outfit will surely help them win this match.

Benzema is arguably the best striker in the world at the moment and once again we expect him to find the back of the net. With the final set to take place on Sunday, the winner of this clash will take on either Atletico Madrid or Bilbao.

Pick: Real Madrid -105

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