Real Madrid vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Real Madrid vs Barcelona in La Liga.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Match Preview
This is probably the biggest game in European club football as Real Madrid get ready to welcome their arch rivals Barcelona in a Spanish La Liga encounter. The El Clasico will be crucial for the title hopes of the hosts while the recent off-field developments around Catalonia will also give extra impetus to this Real Madrid vs Barcelona fixture. Check out Real Madrid vs Barcelona predictions, betting tips and match preview below.
To say that Real Madrid are in desperate need of a win in this Real Madrid vs Barcelona fixture is just stating the obvious. Fresh from the FIFA Club World Cup win, Real would like to extend their winning form to the La Liga. In all competitions, they are unbeaten in their last ten encounters (W7, D3) after the 3-1 loss against Tottenham in the Champions League. Madrid are currently fourth in the La Liga table after 15 games, having played a game lesser than others (31 pts, W9, D4, L2). They are a whopping 11 points behind Barcelona already and anything less than a win on the weekend will wreck their hopes of staying alive in the La Liga title race. Zinedine Zidane’s men need to find that elusive fourth gear in this Real Madrid vs Barcelona game.
Barcelona are enjoying a dream start to the season after being written off by almost every analyst in the pre-season views. They lead the La Liga after 16 games (42pts, W13, D3). They are yet to lose a game in this year’s campaign – only the second team along with Atletico Madrid to do so, have scored the most number of goals (42, avg. of 2.62 per game), and conceded the least (seven, avg. of 0.44 per game). Last eight matches saw the visitors pick up 20 points while the Catalans have now been unbeaten in 23 league games winning 20 of them. No wonder then that the hosts want to stop that run in this Real Madrid vs Barcelona fixture, before the visitors run away with the title. Visitors beat Real Madrid in the last two La Liga matches played at Santiago Berbabeu, so they hope that can make another good result and beat big rivals.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona H2H
This Real Madrid vs Barcelona fixture will be the 236th encounter between these two sides. It is very close between the sides as Madrid hold a slight advantage (W95, D49, L91). In the last five El Clasicos, Real Madrid have won three, drew one, and lost just one.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Team News
Real Madrid do not have any injury concerns heading into this crucial encounter, as Casemiro and Sergio Ramos return after suspension.
The visitors are still without Samuel Umtiti and other regular absentees.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Probable Line-ups
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Paulinho, Messi, Suarez.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Predictions
Messi to score anytime
Lionel Messi is the all-time top scorer in El Clasico history in all competitions (24 goals). He is also the all-time La Liga top scorer in El Clasico’s history (16). Back him to add more to his tally this weekend. With the level of desperation that they currently bring to this fixture, Real Madrid may go all out for a win. Leo Messi to score any time looks like a good betting tip.