Real Madrid and Barcelona, as usual, the top two teams in Spain, come into El Clasico following tough hard-fought matches in midweek. Barcelona has some major question marks at the back due to poor form and key injuries. This could, of course, be a key factor for this to tilt the clash in Real Madrid’s favour.
It has not been a great week for either of these Spanish giants in the Champions League. Real Madrid’s hopes of Champions League success took a major blow when they lost 2-1 at home to Manchester City. That defeat followed an away loss in La Liga to Levante last weekend. They have now only one win in their last five league and cup games and could probably do without this match just now. Real have failed to win any of their last three home matches too. Their recent form against Barcelona is poor as well with no wins in the last six. They have not even scored against them in the last three home matches.
Barcelona travel to Madrid top of the table after Real’s surprise defeat last week and Messi awesome one-man-show at Camp Nou. Barcelona drew 1-1 at Napoli in their midweek Champions League tie. They come into this game with a two-point lead over Real. A win would be a key moment in the title race.
Barcelona have only lost one of their last seven games, a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey. They have won their last four league matches scoring 12 goals with Lionel Messi in good form. Everyone knows that when he is on a form, Barcelona is on the form. Away league form could be better though with only one win in their last four league fixtures.
Real Madrid is going through a bad patch at present. It has already seen them knocked out of the Copa del Rey and they are in big trouble in the Champions League. Now they take on Barcelona in La Liga and a defeat would see them go five points behind the defending champions.
Asensio is out with an injury, Hazard as well and for quite some time. On top of that Rodrygo is suspended. Barcelona once again has Dembele and Suarez missing. There are also big question marks over Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba. Real Madrid seems more in trouble than Barcelona. The latter has a lot every fear of visiting Bernabeu after winning their last four league matches in the capital. Perhaps the draw-no-bet is the best option, but the cheeky bet is on the away win.