This weekend’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona is a monster, with the winners on Saturday striking a huge blow in the La Liga title race. Atletico Madrid’s continued wobble has let these two bitter rivals back into the picture, but Madrid are the team who simply cannot afford to lose this game.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 10 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Federico Valverde, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric were all on target as Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp in October.
Real Madrid v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
El Clasico is always one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures in world football, and this weekend’s clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona promises to be a humdinger. With Atletico Madrid in action on Sunday, the winner of this match will be top of the La Liga table when the final whistle blows under the Saturday night lights.
Barcelona’s dramatic late victory over Real Valladolid on Easter Monday saw them close the gap to Atletico to a single point. Diego Simeone’s side lost to Sevilla over the weekend, while Real Madrid beat Eibar 2-0 to move within three points of their local rivals, with a better head-to-head record.
Given how close things are at the top of the table, and Madrid’s 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp earlier in the campaign, a draw could prove to be a massive result for Los Blancos. That’s priced at 3/1 in our Real Madrid v Barcelona predictions, but it’s actually the away team who start as the 5/4 favourites with William Hill. That would hand them a five-point lead over Real with eight games remaining.
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Both teams not to score
Barcelona to win 1-0
Barcelona to win to nil
Barca are unbeaten in their last 19 La Liga fixtures, winning 16 of those. The Catalan giants are on a six-match winning run in the league, where they’ve scored 18 goals and conceded only two. Ronald Koeman also benefits from some extra time at the training ground this week, thanks to Madrid’s continued involvement in the Champions League.
While Barcelona crashed out against Paris Saint-Germain last month, Real have got Premier League outfit Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Tuesday’s first leg at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano means preparations for this huge Clasico are hampered, although Zinedine Zidane and his players are well versed in midweek distractions.
Even so, that contributes to Madrid’s price as the slight underdogs on Saturday, priced at 23/10 in the latest odds for this game. Los Blancos have only lost one of their last 19 games in La Liga though, winning 14. Three points for them this weekend would likely prove seismic in their title defence.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Despite his advancing years, 33-year-old Karim Benzema remains Madrid’s key man. The French striker has 18 league goals so far this season, which is 13 more than any of his team mates. He is 5/1 to open the scoring this weekend.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is the 16/5 favourite to break the deadlock. The Argentine maestro is the top scorer in La Liga with 23 goals in 27 games, while Barcelona’s No.10 has netted 26 times in 44 El Clasico appearances over the years, a record in this fixture.
Long shot: Despite the fanfare and usual quality across the pitch, the significance of El Clasico can often lead to a niggly, disjointed affair. Only one of the last four games have seen both teams score, while Barcelona’s last victory over Madrid was a 1-0 triumph away from home in March 2019. The visitors are 21/2 to win by the same scoreline in these Real Madrid v Barcelona tips, rising to 52/1 with Messi getting the all-important goal.