The second El Clasico of the season is set for Wednesday as Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinals. It will be the first of three Barca-Real matches over the next month, with the return leg and the second league match still to come. Barcelona is coming off a huge 6-1 second-leg win over Sevilla to advance to the semis, while Real dispatched Girona comfortably 7-3 on aggregate. You can find the starting lineups here, including news of Lionel Messi starting the match on the bench, and our live updates here

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Copa del Rey: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Camp Nou
  • TV channel: beIN Sports
  • Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free) 
  • Odds: Barcelona -125 / Real Madrid +325 / Draw +275

Storylines

Real Madrid: Improvement is what’s on this team’s mind, showing something better than in the first match of the season. Back in October, Barcelona crushed Real Madrid 5-1 with Luis Suarez scoring a hat trick. This match is also on the road, and the team will have to be more clinical to have a chance. In that first matchup, Real outshot Barca 15-13 but only put four of their attempts on goal. 

Barcelona: Will Lionel Messi play? The superstar attacker went to the sideline for treatment last weekend in the come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Valencia in which the Argentine scored two goals. Messi had the day off on Monday and was named to the bench for this game. The expectation was for him to start, and he was No. 1 on our list of potential starters ranked.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid prediction

Barca struggles to break down the Real defense in the early going, but a late set-piece goal gives the team the narrow lead entering the second leg.

Pick: Barcelona (-125)

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