Barcelona (BAR) go head-to-head with Real Madrid (RM) in Supercopa de Espana 2021-22 (Spanish Super Cup) semi-final at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the early hours of Thursday, January 13. The match will kick-off at 12:30 AM IST.

BAR vs RM Dream11 prediction

Barcelona’s 2021-22 football season has gone from bad to worse. Although the team has won three of their last five matches across all competitions, the wins were narrow and have come against lower-ranked teams such as Elche (3-2) and Linare Deportivo (2-1).

Their campaign has been further marred by injuries and illness due to COVID-19 and they are set to be without first-team regulars like Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto and possibly Pedri for the upcoming El Clasico.

As for Real Madrid, they have been on a roll this season as seen in their three wins from their last four games. Los Blancos won’t just start as favourites on Thursday, but are also tipped to hammer their opponent by a significant margin.

As far as Barcelona vs Real Madrid head-to-head record is concerned, the latter hold a slight advantage after having won 99 of the total 247 meetings. Barcelona have won 96 while 52 matches have ended without a winner.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s record against Barcelona in Supercopa de Espana is even better. The Galacticos have won eight of their 14 meetings while losing on just four occasions.

BAR vs RM Dream11 team tips for Supercopa de Espana 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

Selected by 95.13 per cent of fantasy users, RM forward Karim Benzema is not only the most picked forward but is also the top-picked player for this match. The 34-year-old Frenchman has netted four goals in his last three appearances, taking his tally to 22 goals for the season. He is a strong recommendation for this contest.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Registered as a midfielder, RM’s Marco Asensio can be picked ahead of anyone else for a spot at the center of the park. Lining up alongside Benzema and Vinicius Jr., Asensio will be a major threat to a struggling Barcelona defence that has kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 games across competitions. 

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

New signing David Alaba has had quite an impact this season. The former Bayern Munich defender has scored two goals and has provided three assists this season while being used in three different positions. His versatility has proved to be quite an asset for Real Madrid, hence it comes as no surprise that 79.62 per cent of fantasy users have decided to add him to their teams.

For a goalkeeper, RM’s Thibaut Courtois should be picked ahead of BAR’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen largely because the Belgium international is most likely to keep a clean sheet.

BAR vs RM probable playing XI

BAR playing XI (probable): Marc-Andre ter Stegen (goalkeeper); Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rigui Puig, Sergio Busquets (captain), Gavi; Ousmane Dembele, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay

RM playing XI (probable): Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper); Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferlan Mendi; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema (captain), Vinicius Jr.

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