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Barcelona Vs Real Madrid: Match Prediction today - Football Predictions and more 

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1.87K   //    06 Feb 2019, 04:11 IST

Casemiro and Luis Suarez battle out for the ball
Casemiro and Luis Suarez battle out for the ball

When the Copa Del Rey Semifinals draw was made, there was a total buzz in most parts of Spain. Barcelona and Real Madrid will take on in the Copa del Rey last four as both the teams find themselves in a position where they will face either Valencia or Real Betis in the final.

When these two sides met each other in LaLiga earlier this season, Barcelona were simply rampant and scored five past the Los Blancos defence without Lionel Messi, which eventually cost the job of Julen Lopetegui. However, after a shaky start under the management of Santiago Solari, they have finally found their mojo recently and have been playing some good football lately.

Both the sides play the same 4-3-3 formation which has been effective. For the hosts, the Spanish publication AS reported that the front three Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and Philippe Coutinho were deemed too tired after completing whole ninety minutes against Valencia. Besides, it is also understood that the Argentine International did not train on Monday which is slightly concerning after picking up a knock on Saturday.

Barcelona hope Messi can be active against Los Blancos
Barcelona hope Messi can be active against Los Blancos

Despite all these concerns and Suarez's insane fitness level, Ernesto Valverde's side will have a front three of Malcom, Ousmane Dembele, and Luis Suarez at the least. Should Messi be deemed fit, he will start ahead of the Brazilian Malcom. Sergio Busquets, Arthur, and Arturo Vidal should comprise the midfield three.

Solari's side are entering into this game with fully fit Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio. The Welsh International, who has been struggling with injuries this campaign is expected to secure his name in the starting lineup.

Karim Benzema has been on fire lately with Vinicius as his main ally, the midfield three of Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric will be trusted again. The back four has been a calamity by shipping in goals for fun.

Benzema and Vinicius are playing with high quality
Benzema and Vinicius are playing with high quality

Both Valverde and Solari's side love to make the transitions happen quicker and use their full-backs to stow in plenty of crosses. The strikers will play a pivotal role in this game since they have the job of finding themselves in the right place at the right time to convert chances.

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Barcelona still have the quality without Messi to nick a victory at their backyard. Should Real Madrid secure an all-important away goal, the complexion of the tie will be drastically changed.

Suarez is the likely scorer in this game. For the visiting time, Benzema should be able to capitalise with his form should he get any chance to put the ball behind the back of the net.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid

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