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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: ZZ men to top El Clasico rivals

Kick-off: 2000, 10/04/2021

Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano

El Clasico takes centre stage on Saturday night for what is turning out to be one of the most exciting La Liga title races in years.

Barcelona have the opportunity to replace long-time leaders Atletico Madrid at the top of the table, while a win for Real Madrid will see them move to the summit because of their superior record against Diego Simeone’s men this season.

Both teams are bang in form but the Catalans only scraped past lowly Valladolid last weekend with a last-minute winner, so the hosts look too good to turn down at 19/10 for our first Real Madrid vs Barcelona prediction.

A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds

Real Madrid looked very impressive in the opening leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool despite the absence of first-choice centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

Eder Militao and Nacho marshalled the defence superbly, but it was their attack which proved the difference.

Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro pulled the strings in midfield, supplying the front three of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and two-goal hero Junior Vinicius with a hatful of chances.

Vinicius may have done the damage against the Reds but the Brazilian striker has struggled for goals this season, dwarfed by experienced forward Benzema, who has found the net 24 times in all competitions.

The Frenchman fired blanks on Tuesday night but he had scored in his last seven matches, including a crucial late equaliser at Atletico Madrid a month ago.

Benzema has not scored against Barca in his last nine appearances and his last goal against their arch rivals in La Liga came five years ago, but he is the focal point of the attack since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus.

The last three seasons have been prolific for the 33-year-old and he can finally end his drought against the Catalans by scoring any time at Evens in our Real Madrid vs Barcelona betting tips.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Real Madrid have won 14, drawn four and lost one of their last 19 games, but that run is trumped by Barca, who are unbeaten since the start of December, winning 16 and drawing three times during the same period.

Ronald Koeman’s side have also won their last six away games, including impressive 6-1 and 2-0 victories at Real Sociedad and Champions League hopefuls Sevilla, and they have won more games on the road than any other team in La Liga.

However, the Catalans went down 3-1 to Real Madrid at Camp Nou back in October, their second successive defeat to Los Blancos following a 2-0 loss just over a year ago.

That reverse came after a goalless draw in Catalonia, so they have struggled to score against their traditional enemy, although with the stakes so high here, an open game is expected.

Barca still have to play Atletico next month so a defeat would not be the end of the world, but the advantage would clearly be with Zinedine Zidane’s side should they prevail.

Looking at the Real Madrid vs Barcelona odds, both teams to score in the first half catches the eye at 5/2, just as they did almost six months ago.

Additional stats

Last result

BARCELONA 1-0 Valladolid – Ousmane Dembele

REAL MADRID 3-1 Liverpool – Vinicius Junior (2), Marco Asensio

Head-to-head: Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid

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