One of soccer’s greatest rivalries will be reignited on Thursday when Barcelona and Real Madrid revive El Clasico in the first leg of a 2022-23 Copa del Rey semifinal at the Bernabéu in Madrid. The teams have played 251 official matches since the rivalry started in 1902, with Real Madrid leading with 101 victories to Barcelona’s 98. There have been a total of 52 drawings. The teams will play the second leg of the semifinal on April 5 in Barcelona.
The game begins at 3 p.m. EST. With the current Real Madrid vs. Barcelona odds, Caesars Sportsbook has Real Madrid as the -120 favourite (risk $120 to win $100), with Barcelona as the +330 underdog. The over/under for total goals scored is 2.5, and the draw is placed at +235. Before making any Barcelona vs. Real Madrid predictions or Copa del Rey choices, check out what SportsLine soccer analyst Martin Green has to say.
Green became a professional sports journalist and handicapper after working in the sports betting sector for many years. He has covered the game all around the globe. Since the completion of the 2022 World Cup, Green has gone 52-47-1 on his SportsLine soccer selections, returning almost $900 for $100 gamblers.
Green has just announced his choices and predictions for Real Madrid vs. Barcelona from every perspective. You can check Green’s choices on SportsLine right now. These are the odds and betting trends for Barcelona vs. Real Madrid:
• Real Madrid vs. Barcelona betting line: Real Madrid -0.5 (-115), Barcelona +0.5 (-115)
• Over/under for Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: 2.5 goals
•Money line for Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Real Madrid -120, Barcelona +330, Draw +235
• RMA: Real Madrid leads La Liga with 47 goals. • BAR: Barcelona has only won one of their previous four games in all competitions.
Why should you support The Real Madrid
Los Blancos will take on a Barcelona team that is not in great form. Barcelona was eliminated from the Europa League after losing 2-1 to Manchester United in the second game last week. Yet on Sunday, the team suffered a surprising 1-0 loss at the hands of Almeria, who had won just one of their previous eight games.
Also, Barcelona will be shorthanded going into the game. Robert Lewandowski, who leads La Liga with 20 goals, will miss the game due to a strained hamstring. He joins the injured Ousmane Dembélé and Pedri, who will both be out until mid-March.
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Why should you support Barcelona
The Blaugrana come into the game knowing they easily defeated Real Madrid only seven weeks ago. Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3-1 in the Supercopa final on January 15. Gavi, Lewandowski, and Pedri scored for Barcelona, while Real Madrid didn’t score until the 93rd minute.
Barcelona has a strong defence, surrendering just eight goals in 23 La Liga games. Barcelona dominated possession for 54% of the play and limited Real Madrid’s high-flying offence to only six shots on goal in a 3-1 triumph.
How to Choose Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Green has dissected the Copa del Rey contest from every perspective available. He’s going Over on the goal total and has three total best bets locked in, including two that pay plus-money. His El Clasico selections and analysis are only available at SportsLine.