Real Madrid return from a successful FIFA Club World Cup campaign to face La Liga leaders Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the 2017/18 La Liga season. Who wil win? This article contains our Real Madrid vs Barcelona betting preview with predictions, betting tips, enhanced odds, probable lineups, live stream, bookie free bets and no deposit bonuses on El Clasico!
REAL MADRID vs BARCELONA BETTING PREVIEW
Real Madrid are already 11 points behind Barcelona in the race for La Liga title, albeit with a game-in-hand. They have dropped points in no less than six games so far this season and Valencia (2-2), Levante (1-1) and Real Betis (0-1) all left the Bernabeu with some reward earlier in the season. They eased the pressure by lifting the Club World Cup for the third time in four years. The Blancos managed to beat Al Jazira 2-1 in the semifinal and recorded a 1-0 success over Gremio in the final. Zinedine Zidane will be hoping his side can rekindle some of the magic they showed during the Spanish Super Cup in August when they outplayed Barca both home and away to record a 5-1 aggregate win.
Zinedine Zidane doesn't have any fresh injury concerns heading into the Clasico. Casemiro and Sergio Ramos have served their respective suspension and will feature from the off. Isco is likely to retain his berth behind the offensive duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, meaning that Gareth Bale will start on bench one more time. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will retain their starting berth in midfield while Marcelo and Dani Carvajal will start as full backs.
Barcelona comfortably top La Liga standings having dropped just six points in 16 matches in this competition. The Blaugrana are unbeaten in 24 matches in all competitions since being humbled by Real at the start of the season. The Catalans have rattled in 42 goals while conceding just seven. They have also kept three straight clean-sheet against Sporting Lisbon, Villarreal and Deportivo. Anyway Ernesto Valverde's men have struggled at times on the road this season and have had to settle for a draw at Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Juventus recently. As to direct matches, Barcelona have won three of their last four La Liga matches at the Bernabeu and have averaged three goals per game across their last four league visits to Real Madrid.
Thomas Vermaelen will continue at centre-back as Samuel Umtiti is out through injury and Javier Mascherano is expected to move to China in the next transfer window. Gerard Deulofeu and Paco Alcacer both miss out through injury, while Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha and Arda Turan are back in training after lay-offs but are not expected to be ready in time. Up front, Paulinho will be tucked behind the front duo Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. In defense, Sergi Roberto should be preferred to Nelson Semedo at right-back.
REAL MADRID vs BARCELONA PROBABLE LINEUPSReal Madrid (4-3-1-2): Navas; Marcelo, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema
Barcelona (4-3-1-2): Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba, Vermaelen, Piquè; Rakitic, Iniesta, Busquets; Paulinho; Messi, Suarez
REAL MADRID vs BARCELONA ODDS
|REAL MADRID||11.00 with||Bet £10, win £110.00|
|THE DRAW||4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|BARCELONA||17.00 with||Bet £10, win £170.00|
REAL MADRID vs BARCELONA PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Barcelona to win ||17.00|
|1-2 Correct Score||13.00|
|ANY Goal to be scored||26.00|
|Barcelona or Draw Double Chance||1.75|
|Paulinho anytime goalscorer||3.75|
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