There is no doubt about the key game of the weekend of La Liga action as Spanish champions and current league leaders Barcelona travel to face Real Madrid in the latest instalment of El Clasico. The Blaugrana are in slightly better form but this is a game which is too close to call.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid – 2 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: Barcelona defeated Madrid 5-1 in the first El Clasico of the season back in October, Julen Lopetegui’s last game in charge of Los Blancos. The first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final finished 1-1 at the Camp Nou with the second leg occurring three days before this clash.
|Over 3.5 goals||13/10||Offer|
|Karim Benzema anytime scorer||8/5||Offer|
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid had been beginning to harbour hopes of a La Liga title push having won five matches in a row before falling to a home defeat to Girona a fortnight ago, before last week’s win at Levante.
Those victories have included wins over Real Betis, Sevilla and Espanyol and most notably of all, a 3-1 win at Atletico Madrid, but have now once again fallen behind their city rivals into third.
Barcelona have recovered form after winning just three La Liga games in nine attempts by winning 10 of their last 12, with a 4-2 win at Sevilla last time out.
They have kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 matches as they have reinforced their chances of winning a fourth La Liga title in five seasons and are now six points clear at the top of La Liga.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema already has 20 goals to his name this season including 11 in La Liga, and he is at 8/5 to score in this fixture.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is now up to 32 goals for the campaign as he continues his devastating goalscoring form. He should be back to full fitness following a thigh injury and is at 27/25 to score here.
Long shot: Barcelona have eight clean sheets from their last 12 while Madrid have not convinced in recent weeks, even when winning. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 25/1.