Spanish giants Barcelona host Real Madrid in La Liga on Saturday night in a much anticipated "El Clasico" at the Camp Nou, with the hosts looking to extend their lead at the top of the table and the visitors seeking revenge for the 4-0 loss sustained earlier in the season. Find below our BARCELONA v REAL MADRID betting preview with the free predictions, betting tips, enhanced odds, probable lineups, streaming links, bonuses and no deposit free bets on El Clasico!
BARCELONA v REAL MADRID BETTING PREVIEW
Barcelona are nine points clear at the top of the table and 10 points in front of Real and they can virtually seal the title with a win here with just eight games remaining. The Blaugrana failed to get all the three points for the first time after the first match for 2016 (0:0 vs Espanyol) last time out when they dropped a 2-0 lead against Villarreal before the International break. Anyway, Luis Enrique's men enter El Clasico on the back of 11 consecutive home wins, scoring 43 goals in them and unbeaten at home for more than one year.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have all returned without injury but defender Jeremy Mathieu is out for the rest of the season. Adriano is a certain absentee while Jordi Alba is a major doubt but should start the match. Andres Iniesta was not called into the latest Spain squad after suffering with a slight muscular problem, but he is expected to start alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the park.
Real Madrid is third in the table with 66 points having won 20 games, drawn 6 and lost 4. They are on their best run of form since Zinedine Zidane's appointment, with four successive wins since a 1-0 home loss to Atletico. The Galacticos come into the El Clasico on the back of a stunning 4-0 win over Sevilla with Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Jese all getting on the score sheet. Anyway, given that they are already out of the Spanish Cup due to disqualification and the title all but in Barcelona’s hands, we expect Real Madrid putting more focus on the upcoming Champions League match.
Sergio Ramos and Pepe both return from suspension and will be included in the starting XI. Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale were not involved in the recent international break and both are expected to join Cristiano Ronaldo in the final third. A more defensive midfielder such as Casemiro is favourite to start with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, ahead of Isco and James Rodriguez.
In the reverse fixture earlier this season Barça clearly outplayed Real Madrid and walked away with all three points in an impressive 4-0 win at the Bernabeu when Los Blancos were still under Rafa Benitez. Recent history favours the hosts as the Catalans have won four of the last six Clasicos while Madrid have only won one of their seven previous trips to Barcelona.
BARCELONA v REAL MADRID PROBABLE LINEUPS
Barcelona (4-3-3): Bravo; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
BARCELONA v REAL MADRID ODDS
|BARCELONA||11.00 with||Bet £10, win £110.00|
|THE DRAW||4.60 with||Bet £10, win £46.00|
|REAL MADRID||13.00 with||Bet £10, win £130.00|
BARCELONA v REAL MADRID PREDICTIONS
- Barcelona @ 11.00
- 3-1 Correct Score @ 11.50
- Messi, Suarez or Neymar to score @ 4.00
- Both teams to score @ 11.00
- Barcelona & Over 2.5 goals @ 1.96
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