Spanish champions and early league leaders Barcelona host crisis-stricken Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season. The Blaugrana are slight favourites for the game despite indifferent league form themselves with the pressure mounting on visiting manager Julen Lopetegui.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 28 October, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Barcelona line-up: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur, Rafinha, Coutinho, Suarez
Real Madrid line-up: Courtois, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Kroos, Benzema, Modric, Bale, Marcelo, Casemiro, Isco
Last time: An entertaining 2-2 draw was played out at Camp Nou last season with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale cancelling out Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi strikes. Madrid haven’t beaten Barca in four league attempts.
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Few would have predicted that by this stage of the season, Barca and Madrid between them will have failed to have win half of their La Liga outings.
Barcelona are top of the league but are far from convincing and are now without star player Lionel Messi, meaning others will have to step up.
Their 4-2 victory over Sevilla ended a run of four consecutive league games without a victory and they have already conceded 11 league goals.
Madrid are in a notably worse state, with just one point from their last four league games – and just one goal – alongside a shock Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow.
|Barcelona to win 2-0||11/1||Offer|
|Real Madrid ‘double chance’||8/11||Offer|
|Gareth Bale anytime scorer||7/4||Offer|
It is perhaps unsurprising that it is the home side who are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 21/20, with Madrid priced at 9/4 and the draw available at 27/20.
These fixtures tend to produce goals with 23 going in across the last six meetings, so over 2.5 goals at 1/2 appears to be a solid bet with over 3.5 at 6/5.
A ‘double chance’ on Madrid to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 8/11 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/3.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 12/5.
One to watch for Barcelona: Luis Suarez netted in both El Clasico fixtures last season and is now Barca’s main goal threat with Lionel Messi unavailable with an arm injury. The Uruguayan has netted four times this season and is 5/4 to score in this game.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale has gone five games without a goal after netting ten goals in ten appearances for Madrid. He will be looking to rediscover his goalscoring touch here, a venue where he netted last time out and is 7/4 to score anytime.
Long shot: There has not been a goalless El Clasico since April 2002 but without Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, goals may be in short supply here. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 23/1.