REAL Madrid’s season has been a real rollercoaster once again. Despite winning three of the last four Champions Leagues, there was always a feeling that los Blancos were never quite operating at their full capacity over the last few campaigns. A defeat to Girona last weekend slowed down their charge towards a title race and opening up the top of the La Liga table but they’ll be desperate to claw themselves back into the race with three points here.
Barcelona may be a different animal without stars like Andres Iniesta, Neymar and Xavi that have moved on in the last few years but they remain a giant of European football and with the quality still in their squad, are expected to add more trophies to the cabinet this season. They should certainly secure the La Liga title once again as with 13 matches remaining they possess a rather comfortable seven point gap over second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Blaugrana remain unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions but four of their last six games have ended in draws prior to Wednesday night’s Copa Del Rey clash between these two sides and there is a feeling that the team is over-reliant on Lionel Messi, who is enjoying one of his best ever seasons again with 33 goals to his name already in all competitions. The hunger to get one over their El Clasico rivals remains as strong as ever and you can back them to do that away from home on Saturday evening.
We’re backing goals in this game. There were six goals shared between the two sides in their La Liga meeting earlier in the season and with the attacking talent on display here you have to anticipate more goals here. Real Madrid have the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to call upon, but Barcelona possess the incredibly in-form Lionel Messi as well as Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.
Lionel Messi has been in ridiculous form for Barcelona so far this season. The 31 year old has racked up 33 goals in just 31 competitive appearances in all competitions this season and he has a magnificent El Clasico record, scoring in this fixture no fewer than 26 times in his career, eight more than any other player in history. In what has arguably been his greatest ever season, we are backing him for another goal.
Prediction: Both teams to score