Real Madrid travel to face Barcelona in the Clasico ten points behind their most bitter rivals, having been beaten 4-0 by the Blaugrana in the Spanish capital earlier this term.
A sobering thought for those of a Madridista persuasion, especially given they have been far more effective at Santiago Bernabeu than away from it this season.
In 19 road games so far they’ve been denied victory on a sizeable eight occasions.
One crumb of comfort that has been proffered to Zinedine Zidane’s men is that Barcelona have never won a Clasico when they have been winning the league by ten points or more.
However, a rather more sizeable amount of spirit can be drawn from the Catalan club’s upcoming fixture list, the intricacies of which mean they must host first Real then Atletico Madrid in the Champions League just three nights later.
With an unprecedented double treble still on the cards, the latter game is clearly the more important.
The Camp Nou club can more afford not to win against Real in the Clasico than they can against Atleti because they are ten points clear in the league.
Also they must travel to the Vicente Calderon in the Champions League quarter-final second leg – a strong performance on April 5th will be vital to their chances of keeping their European participation alive.
True, Real visit Wolfsburg in the same competition a day later, but Die Wolfe are far from an opposition of Los Colchoneros’ abrasive, taxing calibre.
The Germans should concern Zidane slightly less than getting a favourable result against Barca, especially with the Champions League second leg back at Los Blancos’ Santiago Bernabeu stronghold.
Bearing Barcelona’s twin upcoming concerns in mind, there could be value in backing both Real and Atleti on the double chance against them in the coming days at 27/20 and 31/20 respectively.