One of the biggest games in football takes place this weekend, as El Clasico takes place in Madrid. It comes at an important stage of the season for both teams, as both Real and Barcelona are unbeaten across the opening eight rounds of fixtures. This weekend’s match looks set to determine the side that will dictate the top of the LaLiga standings heading into the World Cup break.
There is very little between the Spanish sides at this stage of the season, and that is evident in the latest odds for the fixture this weekend. Real Madrid has home advantage, and they are currently available at 13/10, while Barcelona is a 2/1 chance with BetXchange.
The draw is currently available at 26/10. Recent fixtures between the sides have been very low scoring, but over 2.5 goals this weekend is a 6/10 chance.
El Clasico is one of the biggest fixtures in world football, and this weekend’s fixture is likely to have the eyes of the world on it. There will be added spice to the meeting this weekend, as both sides sit in the top two places with unbeaten records after eight rounds of fixtures. Furthermore, Real Madrid and Barcelona are both locked on 22 points, having won seven and drawn one fixture this term.
Barcelona currently leads the way, and their form in LaLiga couldn’t be any stronger. They have won their previous five fixtures in the Spanish top-flight, and have scored a total of 20 goals. Their defensive record at this stage is also excellent, as they have allowed just one goal.
However, there will need to be a response from Xavi’s team this weekend, as they were effectively dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages in midweek after drawing 3-3 with Inter Milan.
Real Madrid will have the home advantage this weekend, as they look to move back to the top of the La Liga standings. They lost that position two weeks ago after being held to a draw. But, they responded to that setback with a professional 1-0 victory on the road against Getafe in their previous fixture. The only goal in the game was scored after three minutes, as Eder Militao broke the deadlock.
This will be a historic meeting between the two Spanish giants, as it will be the 250th occasion that they have met in a professional fixture. Real Madrid has recorded the most victories with 100 wins, while Barcelona has won this fixture on 97 occasions. There have also been 52 draws between the sides. This exact fixture was won last season by Barcelona, as the Catalonian giants claimed a 4-0 win. That success ended a five-match unbeaten streak for Real, who had won four of the previous five.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction
This will be an exciting renewal of this famous rivalry in LaLiga this weekend, and cases can be made for both sides. Real is struggling at present, as Karim Benzema is still building up to full fitness, while Barcelona looked weak defensively in the Champions League against Inter. We could see a score draw being the outcome.