Barcelona host their live-long rivals Real Madrid in the second El Clasico of the season. The match will be played on Saturday, April 2nd in Catalonia.
Luis Enrique’s men are the leaders of Primera. Barcelona have gained 76 points and they are currently 9 points ahead of Atletico (second) while today’s opponents Real are 10 points behind. It all suggest that the Catalans will take another league title if stay focused in matches remaining. Barcelona couldn’t take three points at Villarreal on last gameweek 2-2 for the first time since January 2nd (0-0 draw with Espanyol). The team showed impressive scoring, netting 19 goals and allowing only 4. Barca are unbeaten at own turf in last 24 matches with only 1 draw in these games. Only one time in last five matches Barcelona scored under 3 goals but failed to record a clean sheet in 3 of these 5 matches.
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Real Madrid are third with 66 points after 31 match. If Real are planning on battling the title they have no other option than to beat the opponents at their turf. Zidane’s men won all five matches after bitter defeat against neighbors Atletico. The recent match ended with impressive 4-0 home victory over strong Sevilla. At the same time, it was the only match when Real’s defense didn’t allow a goal. 1-1 draw with Malaga was their only loss of points in last five matches on the road. Madrid side regularly score on the road but also have problems with denying goals.
The Catalans have advantage in the recent head-to-heads between the opponents: 3 matches were won by Barcelona – 2 ended with Madrid triumph. Last time the teams drew a head-to-head in October 2012. Normally, these matches are quite high scoring as 8 of last five matches ended with at least 3 goals. Barcelona won the reverse match at Bernadeau earlier this season (4-0).
Barcelona are obvious favorites (1.55) while Real have small chance to win (5.00) according to money lines. Bookmakers also have no doubt the opponents are willing to combine over 2.5 goals (1.36).
Current season isn’t the best for Los Blancos as they have small chances for the title, got excluded from the Copa del Rey while Champions League are too difficult competition to win. Upcoming El Clasico appears to be a great opportunity to remind everyone about their strength considering that Barcelona will be definitely keeping in mind their advantage in the league and tough clashes with Atletico ahead.
Prediction for the match: Real Madrid to win with +0.5 Asian handicap.