Real Madrid vs Barcelona LIVE Football Score 15/01/2023

Real Madrid vs Barcelona LIVE Football Score 15/01/2023

One of the biggest fixtures on the football calendar will take place in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night, as Real Madrid face bitter rivals Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup. Real Madrid beat Valencia on penalties in the competition’s first semi-final on Wednesday, while Barcelona also required a penalty shootout to advance, overcoming Real Betis on Thursday to set up El Clasico.Real Madrid were not at their best against Valencia on Wednesday, but they managed to navigate their way through what was a testing fixture; Samuel Lino’s effort early in the second period cancelled out a penalty from Karim Benzema, which saw the semi-final head for extra time and then ultimately penalties. Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio were all successful from the spot, while Valencia missed two of their five spot kicks, which allowed Carlo Ancelotti’s side to progress to the final.

Real Madrid had entered the clash with Valencia off the back of a 2-1 loss to Villarreal in La Liga, which left them second in the table, three points behind leaders Barcelona on the same number of matches (16). Los Blancos are competing on four fronts at the moment, as they will face Villarreal in the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey on January 19, while their Champions League campaign resumes next month, with the team travelling to Liverpool for the first leg of their last-16 affair. The Spanish Super Cup is not a priority competition, but the match has undoubtedly become more important due to the presence of Barcelona in the final, and a win for the holders of the trophy would take them level with Barcelona on 13 triumphs in this particular tournament.

Real Madrid have already beaten Barcelona this season, meanwhile, recording a 3-1 victory when the two teams met at Bernabeu in the league in the middle of October.Barcelona also required penalties to progress to the final, with Xavi’s side winning 4-2 in a shootout against Real Betis after the two teams were level at 2-2 at the end of extra time. The Catalan outfit twice led through Robert Lewandowski and Ansu Fati, but Real Betis answered back through Nabil Fekir and Loren Moron before ultimately being beaten on penalties. Barcelona are the most successful side in this competition, but they have not lifted the trophy since 2018, losing in the final of the 2020-21 Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao. Like Real Madrid, Xavi’s side will believe that they have bigger fish to fry this season, as they are also still in the Copa del Rey, preparing to face Ceuta in the round of 16 next week, while as mentioned, Blaugrana have a three-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Barcelona recorded an impressive 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the league last weekend, while they are unbeaten in all competitions since the 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the end of October. There will be no Champions League football for the Catalan outfit in the second half of the campaign, but they have a mouthwatering Europa League knockout round two-legged playoff against Manchester United to come next month.Real Madrid travelled to Saudi Arabia without Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba due to calf problems, while Alvaro Odriozola did not feature in the semi-final squad due to a muscular issue. Los Blancos also suffered three injuries in the clash against Valencia, with Lucas Vazquez (ankle), Eduardo Camavinga (knee) and Eder Militao (head) all being substituted.

Camavinga and Militao will be in the squad for the final, but Vazquez is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines. Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy should come into the back four, while Modric is expected to return in the middle of the park, with Camavinga set to drop to the bench. As for Barcelona, Xavi has no suspensions or injuries to worry about, but there are still expected to be changes from the side that took to the field for the first whistle against Real Betis. Andreas Christensen and Alejandro Balde could come into the defence, while Sergio Busquets and Fati might potentially be introduced further forward.

In this edition, Real Madrid overcame Valencia thanks to a brilliant performance by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the penalty shootout, which gave the Madridistas the win, while Barcelona overcame Real Betis in another penalty shootout.The Spanish Football Federation have appointed referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea as the man in charge of Sunday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the 2023 Spanish Supercup Final. This will be the second El Clasico for De Burgos Bengoetxea after the infamous 2017 Spanish Supercup where he sent Cristiano Ronaldo off for diving inside Barcelona’s box.

The Spanish Supercup Final will be the second meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona in this ongoing 2022-2023. The two clubs are fighting for LaLiga title, so the outcome of this Final could give the winner a boost in confidence for what’s ahead.Barcelona don’t have much time to celebrate their hard-fought Spanish Super Cup semi-final win on penalties against Real Betis on Thursday as they have a short turnaround and very little time to prepare for a massive El Clásico against Real Madrid on Sunday with the first title of the Spanish season on the line.

Neither of these sides is setting the world on fire right now but they almost always play very open, entertaining matches and no one can be considered the favorite. Here’s how we think Barça will line up on Sunday.Because Barça have a Copa del Rey tie against a Third Division side next week and Xavi was always going to rest his starters in that game, there’s zero reason to believe he’ll make any rotations on Sunday. It’s all hands on deck and the best possible team to face Los Blancos.

At the back, Jules Kounde is expected to start at right-back to deal with Vinicius Junior, and Andreas Christensen has been playing so well lately that he deserves to start this one. Alejandro Balde might get the nod over Jordi Alba at left-back, and the only real doubt is whether Ronald Araujo starts a fourth game in a row in 10 days having just come back from injury.

If the Uruguayan doesn’t go Marcos Alonso or Eric García will partner Christensen, unless Xavi decides to bring Kounde into the middle and start Sergi Roberto at full-back. With no injuries and plenty of depth at the back there are plenty of possible combinations, but the one I think makes the most sense sees Kounde on the right, Balde on the left and Araujo with Christensen in the middle.

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