After Barcelona regained the title last weekend, there’s an air of disappointment that the latest instalment of El Clasico isn’t the La Liga decider we anticipated at the beginning of the campaign. There’s no doubt it’ll still be an interesting affair though, with Real Madrid looking to finish second and end Barca’s bid to go the whole season unbeaten.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 6 May, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored second-half goals to put Barca in command at the Bernabeu in December, with Aleix Vidal’s late strike wrapping up the points for the visitors in a 3-0 win.
Barcelona v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Will Real Madrid give Barcelona a guard of honour? Will the Catalans maintain their unbeaten record? Will Zinedine Zidane play a weakened team? Even though the title’s been wrapped up, there are still plenty of questions to be answered as we look ahead to the 237th Clasico.
Champions Barcelona start the game as favourites in the betting, priced at 18/25. Their 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna sealed a league and cup double, which isn’t bad going for Ernesto Valverde’s first season in charge.
Barca will be dismayed though to see Real reach their fourth Champions League final in five years, with Los Blancos looking for a hat-trick of European titles. La Liga has long been gone for Zidane’s side, but victory on Sunday would be a great way to prepare for the Kiev final next month.
The visitors are 37/10 to end the Blaugrana’s unbeaten run, although they’ll have to do without Dani Carvajal once again. Lucas Vasquez will be a real target for Barca if he starts at right-back as he did on Tuesday against Bayern Munich, although Isco could return for Los Blancos.
Attack is likely to be the best form of defence for both sides, and Barcelona have all of their most fearsome forwards available. Only Sergi Samper, Jose Manuel Arnaiz and Marc Cardona are out, while Andres Iniesta is expected to start in his final Clasico.
The draw is 7/2, but both teams have won more games away from home than they’ve drawn in El Clasico. Only one of the last 14 games between the sides has ended in a stalemate, which was in last season’s La Liga encounter at the Nou Camp. A repeat of that 1-1 scoreline is 9/1.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi – who else? La Liga’s top scorer has 32 goals to his name this term, and he’s 16/5 to score the first goal of the game.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo – who else? He did look a little tired in the second half against Bayern, but if he starts then Real’s No.7 is 11/2 to open the scoring.
Long shot: The last few weeks have been an emotional time for the legendary Iniesta. He’s 25/1 to open the scoring on Sunday, and 9/1 to score in a home win.