Barcelona vs Real Madrid betting tips: La Liga match preview & El Clasico predictions

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

It is the latest instalment of the biggest game in club football.

El Clásico.

This season though, with the two sides neck and neck in the table, this clash could have huge implications on the title race.

Who will claim three massive points at Camp Nou?

Highlights of Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona

Highlights of Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Who will win?

Hosts Barcelona are odds on favourites to win this one at 8/11.

Real Madrid meanwhile are 10/3 to leave Catalonia with the victory.

A draw is 3/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 1/2.

Both teams to score is 4/9.

Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals is 11/10.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – OCTOBER 23: Lionel Messi of Barcelona reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at Sinobo Stadium on October 23, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Thomas Eisenhuth/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi has scored 26 career goals against Real Madrid. He is 23/10 to break the deadlock and 3/5 to add to his remarkable tally.

Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick in this fixture last season. The Uruguayan is 9/2 to score first and 7/5 to score in this fixture again.

Karim Benzema has scored 12 goals in La Liga this season and sits joint-top in the race for the Pichichi. He is 5/1 to open the scoring and 13/8 to net anytime.

Rodrygo could also be a threat. The Brazilian teenager is 8/1 to score first and 13/5 to mark his Clásico debut with a win.

Both Suárez and Messi to score is 3/1.

Both Antoine Griezmann and Messi to score is 9/2.

Both Gerard Piqué and Frenkie de Jong to score is 175/1.

Both Gareth Bale and Benzema to score is 9/1.

Both Sergio Ramos and Benzema to score is 16/1.

Both Toni Kroos and Luka Modrić to score is 55/1.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Match preview

Marc-André ter Stegen during the match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, on 6 October 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Having won eight of the last 11 La Liga titles, FC Barcelona are looking to continue their dominance over Spanish football.

On Saturday, they did drop points though, drawing 2-2 with an in-form Real Sociedad at Anoeta.

That ended a run of four straight league wins and was only the second time in 11 matches that they have not won.

Overall, they have 35 points after 15 league games.

In fact, since Ernesto Valverde took over, Barça have a very enviable La Liga record.

In 91 matches, Barcelona have won 65 losing just seven; three of those defeats have come this season.

Despite the fact he has won two Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and one Supercopa de España, Barcelona fans are far from convinced by Valverde.

This is largely due to their performances in the Champions League.

Two seasons ago, despite winning the quarter-final first leg 4-1 against AS Roma, they crashed out with a 3-0 defeat in Italy.

Likewise, a round later last season, lightning struck again.

They hammered Liverpool 3-0 at Camp Nou but blew it again losing 4-0 at Anfield.

This season, they topped Group F, unbeaten, above Borussia Dortmund and Inter.

The Catalan giants have not been crowned champions of Europe since 2015 so that is the trophy they crave above any other.

But, they still think domestic honours are important too, particularly if they are at Real Madrid expense.

Barça won 17 Spanish trophies this decade and a win here would be a huge step to winning their 27th La Liga title in 2020.

Real Madrid to leave Camp Nou with a win?

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 6: Rodrygo of Real Madrid celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid v Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on November 6, 2019 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

As for Real Madrid, despite the fact they have been crowned champions of Spain 33 times, only six of those have come in the 21st century.

Their last title came in 2016/17 and in the last two seasons they’ve finished a whopping 17 and then 19 points behind champions Barcelona.

This season, they are putting up a much greater fight but could not take advantage of Barcelona’s draw at the weekend.

Los Blancos needed a 95th minute equaliser to draw 1-1 with Valencia at Mestalla.

So, they’ve still only lost one league game all season, with that defeat coming at Son Moix to Mallorca.

That means Real Madrid have 35 points, exactly the same as Barcelona.

In an exciting season, Sevilla, Getafe and Atlético Madrid are all within just six points or less off the top two.

Thus, this is a pivotal game in what promises to be a classic thrilling title-race.

Real have not won any of the last six league meetings between the two.

Can they change that here?

Barcelona team news vs Real Madrid

BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 14: Ansu Fati of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia at Camp Nou on September 14, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Neither side comes into this huge clash with a fully fit squad.

Ernesto Valverde is expected to name the same side that took to the field at Anoeta on Saturday afternoon.

Marc-André ter Stegen will continue in goal; he has kept 89 clean sheets in 211 appearances for Barcelona.

In defence, Jordi Alba is back from injury; Junior Firpo has been deputising at left-back in recent matches.

On the other side, Sergi Roberto, despite not being a right-back, will keep his place over Nélson Semedo.

In the centre, Clément Lenglet has established himself as Gerard Piqué’s partner, over Samuel Umtiti.

In midfield, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong are a part of the usual trio.

The other member, Arthur, is currently out with a groin injury.

So, former outcast Ivan Rakitić will start; Arturo Vidal and Carles Aleñá are the other options.

Up front, Ousmane Dembélé is out with a thigh problem but would have only been on the bench at best anyway.

Lionel Messi has now assisted five of Luis Suárez’s last six Barcelona goals in all competitions.

Both will start here with Antoine Griezmann making up a formidable front three.

17 year old Ansu Fati scored his third Barcelona goal already last mid-week in the win over Inter.

He is already Barcelona’s youngest ever scorer so can he make El Clásico history?

If he’s going to, he’ll have to do it from the bench.

Will the champions assert their dominance here?

Real Madrid team news vs Barcelona

Eden Hazard of Real Madrid during La Liga match between Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain. 28, 2019. (Photo by A. Ware/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As for Los Blancos, Zinedine Zidane also has injuries to contend with.

He is likely to make changes from their weekend draw.

Thibaut Courtois will keep his place in goal ahead of summer signing Alphonse Areola.

At left-back, Marcelo is out with a calf injury.

Luckily, Ferland Mendy is back from suspension so will come back in for Nacho.

The rest of the back four, Raphaël Varane, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal will keep their places.

Álvaro Odriozola and Éder Militão will be those left on the bench.

In midfield, Casemiro was left on the bench in Valencia as he is one yellow card away from a suspension.

So, naturally, he will return with Federico Valverde dropping back out.

Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos will make up the midfield trio.

The latter completed 105 of his 108 passes against Valencia, 97.2%.

That is the most by a player in any La Liga game this season.

Further forward, namely in the wide positions, Zidane has some big decisions to make.

Summer arrival Eden Hazard and Lucas Vázquez are both currently injured; Marco Asensio is a long-term absentee.

Gareth Bale came off the bench at the weekend and, despite everything that has happened, is expected to start.

Rodrygo will keep his place on the other side after recent strong performances.

In recent weeks, the 18 year old has leapt above Isco, Vinícius Júnior and James Rodríguez in the pecking order.

Those three will all be on the bench where they’ll find Luka Jović.

That’s because Karim Benzema has been on fire this season, scoring 16 goals in 21 appearances.

Can he lead his side to an historic victory at Camp Nou?

Predicted Barcelona team vs Real Madrid

Predicted Barcelona team vs Real Madrid

Predicted FC Barcelona team vs Real Madrid.

Predicted Real Madrid team vs Barcelona

Predicted Real Madrid team vs Barcelona

Predicted Real Madrid team vs FC Barcelona.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

La Liga table:

1Real Madrid36258366224483
2FC Barcelona36247580364479
3Atletico Madrid361715448262266
4FC Sevilla361812653341966
5CF Villarreal361761358471157
6CF Getafe361412104334954
7Real Sociedad36166145547854
8Athletic Bilbao361312114132951
9CF Valencia361311124552-750
10Granada CF36148144644250
11CA Osasuna361212124251-948
12UD Levante36127174351-843
13Real Betis Balompie361011154756-941
14Real Valladolid36815132940-1139
15SD Eibar36109173651-1539
16RC Celta de Vigo36715143546-1136
17Deportivo Alaves Sad3699183253-2136
18CD Leganes36711182649-2332
19RCD Mallorca3695223761-2432
20RCD Espanyol Barcelona3659222757-3024
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