2-3 FT
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Real Madrid (E) RMA (E) Vinicius Jr (25'), Benzema (72'), Valverde (98')
Supercopa de España Semi-finals
Jan 12, 2022 KO: 19:00

Barcelona - Real Madrid

King Abdullah Sports City Jiddah
Referee: José Luis Munuera
  25' Vinicius Jr
De Jong 41'  
  72' Benzema
Ansu Fati 83'  
  98' Valverde

Match preview

Ferran Torres to make debut? How Barcelona and Real Madrid could line up in El Clasico

Barcelona manager Xavi will be without a number of key players when his side face an in-form Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final

We may only be a few weeks into 2022 but football fans around the world are already set to be treated to the first El Clasico of the year.

On Wednesday night Barcelona face Real Madrid at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia for the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup.

Whoever wins will then face Athletic Bilbao or Atletico Madrid in the final on Sunday night. So how to both teams look ahead of the game?

In defence, Xavi will be without central defender Eric Garcia, who is now expected to be out for some time with a hamstring injury.

He joins Sergi Roberto on the injury list, so Barca are likely to stick with a back four of Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and then Jorgi Alba at left-back.

Gavi’s suspension is set to be carried over to Barca’s next league fixture, which means he should return to the starting XI to play in midfield alongside Nico Gonzalez and Sergio Busquets, in the absence of a fully fit Frenkie de Jong.

In attack, Barca are unlikely to risk Ansu Fati just yet, which means Ousmane Dembele, Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong will be tasked with getting the better of Madrid’s back line.

Carlo Ancelotti is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that beat Valencia in the league, with a back four of Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy in front of Thibaut Courtois in goals.

The ever-present trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro will undoubtedly be tasked with getting the better of this battered and bruised Barca in the middle of the pitch.

In front of them, he should see a front three of Marco Asensio and the remarkably in-form Vinicius Jr supporting the ever-green goal scoring threat of Karim Benzema.

How Barcelona and Real Madrid could line up

Match statistics

Barcelona
Statistics
Real Madrid
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
15
Draws
6
2
Losses
6
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
24
40
Goals Per Game
1.20
2.00
More > 2.5 Goals
9
13
More > 3 Goals
5
4
Scored First in a Match
10
14
Scored Both Halves
3
11
Won More > 1 Goal
2
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
25
14
Did Not Score
6
3
Both Teams Scored
10
11
Kept Clean Sheet
5
8
Won Without Conceding
4
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
17
Shots on Target
3.90
6.35
Goals out of Shots
0.09
0.13
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.75
2.94
Penalties
0.15
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.25
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
9.45
11
Shots on Target Conceded
3.16
4.18
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.15
0.08
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
15
9.85
Yellow Cards
2.25
1.40
Red Cards
0.00
0.00