Real Madrid v Barcelona 101 Great Goals prediction: Los Blancos to beat their Catalan rivals 2-1 (5-2 on aggregate)
Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at the Camp Nou on Sunday was a stinging result in what is turning out to be a terrible summer for Barcelona.
Neymar’s absence was clear for all to see, and Wednesday night’s match could well be damage limitation for Barcelona at the Bernabeu.
In terms of the tie, Real Madrid hold all the cards going into the second leg and will surely show their class again, even without Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Real Madrid v Barcelona match preview
The Spanish season started with an incredible match on Sunday night, as once again El Clasico produced some stunning football.
For Barcelona it was another sour note on a difficult summer as Real Madrid proved their quality once again.
After a goalless first half, Gerard Pique scored into his own net five minutes after half-time for 1-0 Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo: From hero to zero in minutes
Leo Messi equalised from the penalty spot before Cristiano Ronaldo took over after coming on as a substitute.
Ronaldo scored a sensational goal for Real Madrid to go 2-1 up. Promptly took his shirt off, to produce a “Leo Messi in the Bernabeu celebration” and picked up a booking.
One minute later, Ronaldo went down under a challenge from Samuel Umtiti and could well have won a penalty.
Instead, Ronaldo was booked and sent off. By touching the referee as he protested, the Portuguese superstar was handed a five match ban and will miss the Barcelona game.
A chance for Marco Asensio?
Following the Ronaldo sending off, Marco Asensio, another substitute, scored another belting goal to put Real Madrid in charge.
Asensio will be hopeful of a start against Barcelona in the second leg and his form in recent weeks certainly deserves one.
Whilst Ronaldo’s suspension is a blow, Real Madrid have a huge amount of good options up front including Asensio, Bale, Benzema and Lucas Vazquez.
Real Madrid team news v Barcelona
With a 3-1 lead from the first game, and with Deportivo La Coruna away on Sunday night, Real Madrid are expected to make changes to their side.
Lucas Vazquez, Theo Hernandez, Marco Asensio and Nacho are all expected to play some part.
Luka Modric will likely return after missing the first game at Barcelona due to suspension. Marcelo, Isco and Varane are tipped to be given a rest.
Barcelona team news v Real Madrid
Andres Iniesta has been left out of the Barcelona squad that travelled to Madrid, due to a right thigh injury.
Rafinha and Thomas Vermaelen are also set to miss out through injury.
Perhaps this is a match for Carles Alena to show that Barcelona do have impressive youth available, just like their opponents?
The Catalan press predict that Denis Suarez will take the place of Gerard Deulofeu, who replaced Neymar in disappointing fashion on Sunday.