One of the biggest, if not the biggest, derby in the world, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, or El Clasico, takes place on Saturday night, with the two powerhouses clashing in Madrid. Barca currently has two points more than their biggest rivals, but is one point behind Atletico Madrid, who tops the league, yet struggles to provide consistency. This might be the most important game of the year for both teams, and the winner of the same would have good chances of winning the title. So, we have a title at stake here, plus a massive motive to defeat the nemesis, and all these ingredients combined with the world-class players on the pitch guarantee fun.
Real Madrid (+180) defeated Liverpool on Tuesday, 3-1, significantly boosting the morale before this match. Though, we need to say that Los Blancos didn’t show some incredible performance but got that advantage mostly because their rivals had terrible mistakes in the backline. So don’t be fooled by the final result of this clash.
But when looking at the overall picture, Real didn’t lose in the last 12 games, posting 10 wins during that span, the majority without their best players. At first, Zidane’s boys won matches due to tough defense, but in the recent games, they began allowing goals, having to score more than the opponents on the other end.
In six of the past seven games, Real participated across all the competitions, we saw both teams to score. In the most recent five, they would net two or more goals.
Barcelona (+130) is without a loss in nine matches, with the last one being in the Champions League at Camp Nou to PSG, 1-4. Since that moment, Blaugrana significantly improved its performances, and started posting good results.
In the past three La Liga games, they scored 11 times, beating Huesca 4-1, Sociedad, 1-6, and Valladolid, 1-0. We also need to say that this team netted two or more goals in six games during that invincible stretch.
For Barca, this event is the finale of the season, and if by any chance the Catalonians lose it, we can easily see Leo Messi leaving Camp Nou at the end of the year.
Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal are all out for Real, which is a massive blow for Zidane and his defense.
On the other side, Coutinho, Ansu Fati, and Neto won’t play for the guests, which is a big deal for Koeman.
Head to Head Games
Overall, Barca has a better head-to-head record against Real. Blaugrana won 119 times, Real 99, and 63 matches ended without winners. Meanwhile, Real rolled over their rivals in the first game of the year, 1-3, posting a dominant performance at Camp Nou. Valverde, Ramos and Modric scored for Los Blancos, while Fati netted the only goal for Barca.
Check this out. Real has massive problems in defense, and that will cause Barca to score, be sure in that. On the other hand, the Madridians’ attack is working perfectly, with Benzema, Vinicius, and the rest leading the way. So the best and the most realistic pick here would be both teams to score. The odds are solid, -200, having in mind the risk in this case.
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