Barcelona host fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp this weekend, as the first El Clasico of the season takes place on Saturday afternoon. Both teams are out of sorts, with a win for either side potentially able to prove transformative for their respective fortunes.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 24 October, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports
Last time: Vinicius Junior put Madrid in front with 20 minutes remaining when the teams met at the Bernabeu in March, before Mariano Diaz wrapped up the points with a second in injury time as Los Blancos won 2-0.
Barcelona v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Rare is the Clasico which Barcelona head into down in ninth place. Granted, they’re only four matches into the new season, but defeat to Real Madrid this weekend would be disastrous for new coach Ronald Koeman.
Barca surprisingly lost 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday, taking them into their midweek Champions League clash with Ferencvaros in poor shape. The Blaugrana have only won two of their opening four La Liga fixtures, following a 1-1 draw with Sevilla in their last match before the recent international break.
Madrid, meanwhile, also suffered an ignominious defeat at the weekend, going down 1-0 at home to Cadiz. Zinedine Zidane’s side have also drawn once this season, but they have an extra win to their name having played one game more than Barca. The visitors here have a tougher Champions League tie to contend with, playing Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk the day after Barcelona are in action.
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Barcelona to win to nil
Barcelona to win 1-0
Messi to score first
The scheduling only serves to help the hosts, as they aim to prevent a run of three league games without a win. The Catalan giants are still very much in turmoil, but a win against the champions would be the best tonic imaginable. Barca are 6/5 with William Hill to get it, but they’ll have to do without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Samuel Umtiti and potentially Jordi Alba due to injury.
The away team are still waiting for Eden Hazard to return to fitness, while Martin Odegaard and Dani Carvajal are also injured. Captain Sergio Ramos is a slight doubt with a knock, along with Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola. They are 30/13 for the win, while you can back the draw in these Barcelona v Real Madrid predictions at 13/5.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi has scored 26 goals in 41 appearances against Real Madrid, making him the top scorer in El Clasico. Cristiano Ronaldo and Alfredo Di Stefano are joint second with 18, if you’re interested, while Messi is 19/5 to extend his record with the opener this weekend.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema is 13th on that list, having netted nine goals so far against Barcelona. The Frenchman has only managed goal in his first five La Liga matches this term, and needs to find his form. He is 23/4 to do so by breaking the deadlock on Saturday afternoon.
Long shot: Madrid’s victory the last time these teams met was their first in eight matches against Barcelona, with the Catalans winning four of the previous seven before that. Barca scored 12 goals in those four wins, at an average of exactly three per game, conceding only once. Madrid have their struggles up top at the moment, with a massive 3-0 win for Barcelona priced at 21/1. Those odds rise to 93/1 with Messi scoring first.