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This El Clasico might not have the usual importance riding on it in terms of the La Liga title picture, but there’ll still be no love lost in one of the biggest derbies in the world.
The La Liga latest odds have Real Madrid as short as 1/40 (888sport) to win the title, with Barcelona at 30/1(SportNation). Xavi has certainly been the catalyst in this Barcelona side turning a corner, and a win in this game, coupled with some Real Madrid slip-ups, could mean a closer than anticipated battle at the top come the closing stages of the season. It still looks very unlikely, but stranger things have happened in football.
It should be an entertaining game between the two. Both sides come into the match in good form, and El Clasico usually produces some form of excitement or drama no matter what the score.
Read on for our preview and expert football betting tips for the clash.
As much as Barcelona have improved over the last few months, there’s no doubt Real Madrid are still the much more complete side of the pair. Under Xavi, though, it’s easier to be much more confident of a competitive showing from Barcelona.
Neither team has tasted defeat much recently. Real Madrid have lost just one of their last nineteen games in La Liga, and Barcelona’s last league defeat was at the beginning of December.
With a lot pointing towards a close game, the points being shared is certainly a likely outcome.
Additionally, El Clasico is generally a match you can rely on for goals. Both teams have netted in all of the last four meetings. Real Madrid have scored fourteen goals in their last five La Liga matches at the Bernabeu, while Barcelona have scored at least once in their last ten away league games.
So, with these things in mind, our match betting pick is Draw And Both Teams To Score, which is available at odds of 18/5 (bet365) as well as with most online betting sites.
Real Madrid are in pole position at the top of La Liga as they seek their 35th Spanish top flight title.
Los Blancos have won five of their last six domestic matches, and they’ve bounced back nicely after a patchy spell before that.
At the age of 34, Karim Benzema seems to be going from strength to strength. He’s scored in each of his last four matches, including that hat-trick against PSG to seal Real Madrid’s passage to the Champions League quarter finals.
Madrid have had a stranglehold on this fixture over the last few years, but they’re now facing a different version of Barcelona than they’ve been used to recently. However, Real have ticked along nicely this season and they’ve still got that strong mixture of talent and big-game players.
What a difference a few months can make in football. Barcelona look revitalised under Xavi, and things seem to be coming together both on the results and performance fronts.
They’re 12 matches unbeaten in the league, and winning results are being accompanied with that old Barcelona swagger.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres have both been amongst the goals lately. They both netted in their side’s 4-0 win over Osasuna at the weekend, where Barca dominated proceedings from minute one.
Not only have things improved going forward, but they’ve tightened things up at the back too. Coming up against this Real Madrid side will certainly be a good pointer to their recent progress.
Barca have several players on the injury list for this one, including Gerard Pique, Abde Ezzalzouli, Alex Balde, Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto.
Arguably the biggest football derby in the whole of world football. Two giant clubs of Spanish football clash for the 246th time in competitive action. Out of those matches, Real Madrid slightly edge the head-to-head record with 98 wins, compared to Barcelona’s 95.
Los Blancos certainly have had the better of the most recent clashes. They’ve won the last five meetings between the sides, with Barcelona’s last El Clasico victory coming in 2019.
The famous and mighty Santiago Bernabeu Stadium opened in 1947, and it’s been the home of Real Madrid ever since.
You can always rely on a lively atmosphere from the Madrid faithful, but they’re no strangers to turning on their own players in tough situations.
COVID restrictions in Spain mean there’ll be a limited capacity for this, but with 50,000+ fans expected, there will still be plenty of energy in the ground on Sunday night.
This will certainly be a good test of how far Barcelona have come in such a short space of time under club legend Xavi.
They’ve looked a lot more solid in the last few months, and that attacking edge they’ve always been associated with is certainly on the return. Real Madrid still have that killer instinct about them, though, and they’re rightly favourites. Both are in good form, though, so goals should be on the menu regardless of the outcome.