El Clasico between fierce rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona takes place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening (local time) in what is an absolute must-win game for Los Blancos if they are to have any realistic hope of catching Barca in the domestic title race this season.
As things stand, Barcelona sit at the top of La Liga with 57 points, seven more than Atletico Madrid and nine more than Real Madrid. With all three teams having 13 league games remaining going into the weekend’s games, Real know that anything less than maximum points on Saturday will all but end their title aspirations.
Real Madrid have lacked consistency this season, having lost seven league games to date. They’ve also struggled, unsurprisingly, to replace Cristiano Ronaldo following his summer transfer to Juventus. Karim Benzema is their top goalscorer in La Liga this season with 11 goals.
Barca have lost just twice in the league, although their own form has been somewhat patchy of late. However, with Lionel Messi in their ranks, they have a player capable of turning a game single-handedly. Messi has recorded 25 goals for Barca this season and Luis Suarez has chipped in with 16.
Real Madrid v Barcelona Betting Lines
This game comes just three days after the teams met at the same stadium in the 2nd leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie, with Barcelona winning 3-0 for a 4-1 aggregate victory.
In the Match Result betting odds, Real Madrid are available at odds of +170 with Betway, the draw is +270 with Sportingbet and Barcelona are +150 with 888sport.
This is likely to be close as the betting odds suggest, so a draw looks a reasonable prediction and is the tip in this game. For those that fancy some more attractive odds, the Correct Score market could be the place to look, with a 2-2 draw being available at +900 with William Hill.
Pick: Match Result – Draw @ +280 (Sportingbet)