Barcelona v Real Madrid, Preview, Stats and Betting Tips, Sunday 6th 2018, Camp Nou, Kick off: 19:45

Barcelona and Real Madrid are usually embroiled in a battle for bragging rights in the closing stages of the season. The two Spanish giants are used to competing against one another for major competitions on the domestic and continental level. This year is a bit different though as they can only sit back and look at their rivals’ success. Real Madrid were powerless to stop Barcelona winning the Liga title and the Copa del Rey. However, while Barcelona crashed out of Europe, Real Madrid are on course for their third Champions League success in as many years. They may not be able to affect each other’s chances of success but there is no such thing as a meaningless game between these two powerhouses of world football.

Barcelona v Real Madrid Head to Head Record

  • Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona – 23 December 2017, La Liga
  • Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona – 16 August 2017, Spanish Super Cup
  • Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid – 13 August 2017, Spanish Super Cup
  • Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona – 24 April 2017, La Liga
  • Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid – 3 December 2016, La Liga

Barcelona v Real Madrid Preview

The nature of Barcelona’s Champions League exit caused some pundits to question whether we are witnessing the end of a great team. You can question the attitude of Ernesto Valverde’s team all you want (and they did seem to believe they had qualified for the semi final before their trip to Rome) but it was the toothless manner of their performance that most worried Barcelona fans.

Andres Iniesta’s announcement that he will be leaving the Camp Nou has raised the issue that nobody wants to talk about, the day Lionel Messi decides to hang up his boots. The little Argentine can’t carry Barca through poor performances for ever even if he a huge reason that they’ve navigated the domestic season without defeat so far.

That Barcelona have a chance of an historic invincible season shows just how little pressure they’ve been put under by Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane’s job has come under severe scrutiny in recent months despite Real’s wonderful run through to the Champions League final as they’ve lost five league matches and dropped points on seven occasions at home. That’s left Los Blancos 15 points behind Barcelona and three behind city rivals, Atletico Madrid.

Still, Real Madrid are always motivated to do damage to Barcelona and they’d love to inflict Barca’s first defeat of the campaign at the Camp Nou. Real are certainly playing well enough at the moment to suggest that they pose Barcelona a real danger so can Messi and co keep that unbeaten run intact?

Relevant Stats, Injuries and Suspensions

Barcelona have won their last three La Liga matches at the Bernabeu. On its own, that may suggest that they are better in these high pressured matches but Real Madrid head to the Camp Nou with a record of three wins and a draw from their last five meetings in all competitions. The pressure for Barcelona to succeed is only amplified given that their unbeaten record (26 wins and eight draws) is on the line.

Aside from their Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid before the season begun, Barcelona have won all but two of their home games in all competitions this season. Real Madrid may have the second best away record in the Liga but they’ll surely find it tough against a Barcelona side so used to getting their own way at home.

Other key stats to consider include the fact that bets on over 2.5 goals have landed in 22 of the last 25 Classicos, Real Madrid have scored at least twice in 13 of their last 16 Liga matches and league games at the Camp Nou average 3.31 goals per game.

Barcelona may have to make do without Andre Iniesta who is battling a calf problem which could mean that Philippe Coutinho gets his first taste of El Classico. Dani Carvalhal remains sidelined for Real Madrid while Isco and Raphael Varane are rated as doubts.

Barcelona v Real Madrid Tips

Barcelona are flying after winning the title but we’ve seen countless times that Zinedine Zidane’s team are a match for anybody in a single game. Despite some injury concerns, Real Madrid will pose a huge goal threat which means the safest bet for Sunday should be both teams to score at 2/5 with Ladbrokes. In terms of the match outcome, the draw looks well priced at 18/5 with Betfair.

Those looking for a longer odds bet should consider backing the 2-2 correct score at 21/2 with BetVictor while Cristiano Ronaldo, who loves scoring against Barcelona, can be backed at 4/1 with Coral to score two goals or more.

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