Real Madrid vs Barcelona La Liga Predictions

La Liga Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Real Madrid vs Barcelona La Liga

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Arguably the biggest game in club football takes place at Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid meet Barcelona, but it won’t decide who tops La Liga this season.

Predictions

More eyes will be on Barcelona’s visit to Real Madrid than any game of football since the World Cup final but for all the attention, there’s not a whole lot riding on the outcome. Barca are a full nine points clear of Los Blancos, and if anyone is going to stop them retaining the Primera Division title, it’s Atletico Madrid – and even that is distinctly unlikely.

Indeed, Barca are seven points better off than second-place Atleti, so the real battle at the top of the table is between the capital clubs. Atletico go to Real Sociedad the same weekend as El Clasico, so Madrid need to be on their toes to take advantage of any dropped points to jump into second.

Even so, there’s no such thing as a game between Madrid and Barca that doesn’t matter. They might not be able to beat the Catalans to the title but Madrid will relish beating them in a one-off game such as a this, and they have the quality to do so – even if it feels like they’re in something of a rebuilding process post-Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barca still have their superstar, Lionel Messi, to rely on and the Argentine’s form has been typically brilliant. The hat-trick he claimed in the win over Sevilla was superb, twice pulling Barca level before putting his team in front for the first time five minutes before full time.

Madrid might not have Ronaldo or a figure of his ilk to call on anymore but Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, the other two legs of the BBC, are still present and among the goals, and younger players such as Marco Asensio and Vinicius Jr are starting to make their mark. A decisive contribution here would make them folk heroes.

The sides met in the Copa del Rey in early February and played out a 1-1 draw and sports bookmakers should expect both teams to score again here. Barca at full strength have the greater quality and are capable of taking a 2-1 win.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

Madrid and Barca have scored 108 league goals between them this season – 65 of them for Barca, 43 for Madrid – so goals should come when they meet, with Barca getting the lion’s share again.

Messi might be the world’s most dangerous player, and he comes up good in the clutch on a regular basis, but Luis Suarez has a happy habit of scoring against Madrid. He’s scored in three of the last five Clasicos and comes alive in the games that matter.

Statistics

Head to Head

Barca routed Madrid in the first league meeting this season, taking a 5-1 win that brought an end to Julen Lopetegui’s tenure as Madrid manager.

Madrid haven’t won a league game against Barca since April 2016, when Benzema and Ronaldo cancelled out Gerard Pique’s opener at Camp Nou.

Overall, Madrid have won 99 games against Barca, with 61 draws and 113 wins for La Blaugrana.

Stats

  • The biggest ever Clasico win was Madrid’s 11-1 humbling of Barca in 1943. That was a game shrouded in controversy, with allegations of death threats made against Barca players from the Franco government.
  • There have been 35 goals in the last 10 competitive games between Madrid and Barca prior to the midweek Copa del Rey meeting.
  • The longest one club has gone unbeaten against the other is Madrid’s 14 games between January 1931 and February 1935.
  • Neither side have gone more than six consecutive wins against the other – Madrid won six in a row between September 1962 and February 1965, while Barca did likewise between January 1948 and January 1949.

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