The latest edition of El Clasico will be especially spicy as both Real Madrid and Barcelona are in the hunt for the La Liga title. The rivals have reeled in Atletico Madrid, whose once seemingly impossible lead at the top of La Liga has dwindled to just one point. Barcelona are the closest to the capital club in the title race as just one point separates the two clubs. Real Madrid are three points back of Los Rojiblancos. A win for either Real Madrid or Barcelona in Saturday’s El Clasico will heap pressure on Atletico Madrid on Sunday versus Real Betis.
Zinedine Zidane’s team are peaking at the perfect time of the season. Real Madrid are unbeaten in six straight La Liga matches with three consecutive games ending in wins. Los Blancos are coming off of a 3-1 win in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg versus Liverpool on Tuesday night. They were very impressive in the win.
Barcelona are out of the Champions League and the La Liga title is one of two pieces of silverware they still have available. The Blaugrana are unbeaten in seven straight league games with each of the last six ending in wins. They are in form, just as Real Madrid are, going into the game on Saturday.
Real Madrid have won the last two editions of El Clasico, including the reverse fixture this season. Los Blancos claimed a 3-1 win against Barcelona at Camp Nou in October.
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The reverse fixture saw Real Madrid jump out to an early lead as Federico Valverde scored in the fifth minute. Barcelona hit back through Ansu Fati three minutes later and the game went into the halftime break knotted at 1-1. From there, Real Madrid went into another gear and scored twice. Sergio Ramos’ 63rd-minute penalty put Real Madrid in the lead once more and Luka Modric’s 90th-minute goal sealed the victory.
Real Madrid go into the game at odds of 2/1 to win at full-time and complete the domestic double over Barcelona. Zidane’s team took 14 points from the last 18 on offer in the league, scoring 10 goals while conceding four times. It should be noted that four of the last El Clasico matches saw the away team claim a result.
Barcelona go into the match at odds of 13/10 to claim a first win in four tries against Real Madrid. The Blaugrana are atop the La Liga form table having taken 18 points from 18 possible. They were +16 in goal difference over the course of that six-game timeframe. It should be noted that four of their last six opponents are 14th or lower in the table. The competition wasn’t too high for Barcelona, but they did defeat the teams put in front of them.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Team News
One of the biggest injuries being reported on in Spain isn’t to that of a Real Madrid or Barcelona player. Rather it is to Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez. The striker is set to miss the next few weeks due to a muscle injury. Suarez has been the reason for Atletico Madrid’s title push thanks to 19 goals and two assists. It is believed that without Suarez, Atletico Madrid do not have the ability to win the title.
Zidane is without captain Sergio Ramos, who is nursing a calf injury. Ramos due to miss the rest of the month. On Tuesday night against Liverpool, Zidane’s makeshift centre-back pairing of Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez kept the English champion’s attack from causing too much damage. The duo could be paired together once more on Saturday with Barcelona coming to the Estadio Stefano di Stefano.
Centre-back Raphael Varane is likely to miss the game following a positive COVID-19 test. The defender missed the Champions League win over Liverpool and is due to miss another few games. Meanwhile, full-back Dani Carvajal is a doubt due toa thigh injury.
Barcelona goalkeeper Neto is a doubt for the game after suffering an ankle injury. Midfielder Philippe Coutinho is likely to miss out once more due to a meniscus issue. Forward Ansu Fati is still recovering from a knee injury.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 8/15 - BET NOW
The reverse fixture between these teams finished 3-1 in favour of Real Madrid. The two rivals could once again find the back of the net in El Clasico. Unfortunately, El Clasico has failed to live up to the hype in recent seasons. With both Real Madrid and Barcelona fighting for the title, and chasing Atletico Madrid, they could put on an entertaining game with goals.
Lionel Messi to score anytime @ 19/20 - BET NOW
Ousmane Dembele has picked up his play in recent games for Barcelona. Despite his improved form, something Barcelona have been waiting 18 months for, Lionel Messi is the heart and soul of the team. Like Suarez at Atletico Madrid, Messi is fuelling the title fight at Camp Nou. Messi has 23 goals in 27 La Liga games. He has added 10 assists and contributed to 33 goals for the Blaugrana. Forty-nine-percent of all Barcelona’s league goals have been scored or created by Messi.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 61/100 - BET NOW
Eight of the last 13 El Clasicos in all competitions have ended with over 2.5 goals scored. More recent El Clasicos have been short on goals, but there is hope that the game on Saturday night will see scoring. The reverse fixture ended 3-1 to Real Madrid. The title is in sight for both teams and Ronald Koeman and Zidane will want to put out attacking sides.
Three of Barcelona’s last six games in La Liga ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Real Madrid saw two of their last three league matches finish with more than 2.5 goals tallied. Their midweek Champions League quarterfinal first leg versus Liverpool also ended with more than 2.5 goals.
The away team are unbeaten in five straight games in El Clasico. Will Barcelona make it a run of six games unbeaten for the away side?
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Tips
Here are our Real Madrid vs Barcelona tips for Saturday's El Clasico.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 8/15
2. Lionel Messi to score anytime @ 19/20
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 61/100
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