Primera Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview

The 231st edition of the "El Clasico" derby will take place at Camp Nou on Saturday as Primera Liga leaders Barcelona welcome Real Madrid. The Blaugrana are close to clinching another league title, as they are 10 points clear of third-placed Real Madrid after an incredible run of 39 matches unbeaten in all competitions. Real Madrid have not won a match at Camp Nou since 2012. This season's reverse match was a glorious triumph for Barcelona: 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid have won 71 of the previous league matches against Barcelona, a slight advantage compared to Barca's 68 wins.

Barcelona are leading the Primera Liga table with a nine-point cushion over second-placed Atletico Mardid, and with just eight matches left in the season it's pretty much safe to say that the title will be theirs. However, a win against rivals Real Madrid could really seal the crown and allow Barcelona to focus on the Champions League. Before the international break they were held to a 2-2 draw at Villarreal. They have not lost at the Camp Nou in 22 league matches, recording 20 wins and 2 draws. Jeremy Mathieu will be out of contention due to a knee injury he suffered while on international duty with the French national team. He could well miss the remainder of the season.

Real Madrid have pretty much failed on the domestic front this season, but a good result at Barcelona coupled with an eventual Champions League triumph might well rescue their campaign. They are also targeting a higher finish than arch rivals Atletico Madrid, who currently lead them by just one point. Before the international break Real hammered Sevilla 4-0, a result that does give them hope ahead of the Camp Nou clash.

Probable line-ups:

Barcelona: Bravo - Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba - Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta - Neymar, Suarez, Messi

Real Madrid: Navas - Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo - Casemiro, Modric, Kroos - Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Barcelona win - 1.57
Draw - 4.50
Real Madrid win - 4.75

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  • Serbia milo?.sekuli?


    The odd says it all. This is not Real in its recognizable shape while Barcelona plays at a high level . They play awesome football at home, and that will be the case this time too. I expect a 3:1 win for Barcelona with two goals from Neymar.

  • Serbia Milaneli


    In last five years, at least since end of "Ronaldinho era" there has no been bigger gap between two best Spanish teams then now. Real is suffering, Barca is playing at their best. Real is unorganized, Barca more organized then ever. That sums it all. Madrids pride has to reconstruction their team this summer in order to again be contender for top spot. Cause look at a situation now. Even if they win, which is highly unlikely, they will still be trailing behind Barcelona for 6 points, just eight rounds before the end of championship.

  • Croatia jakablazic


    Barcelona to win this one with handicap. Fantastic team, when they are injury free I can't see any team stopping them. If Barcelona wins this one Primera is over because I don't consider Atletico Madrid as serious title contender. Odds are pretty low but i consider taking Barcelona to win with higher stake. Simply, I don't think that Cristiano & company have enough to take something from Camp Nou.

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    It was long awaited success for Real but I guess the fact that Barcelona has a good lead in points at the top made them a little bit softer in that one and not making that little extra effort which is so important in every professional sport competition. I guess it was huge result mainly for Zidan who will have more credit of trust from Real management now could be leaved to manage the team in the next season too.

  • Slovenia mannixx


    What a sprising game that was, Zinedine Zidane copletley suprised Luis Enrique with tactics, at that time Barcelona was on top of their form and evryone thought they will confirm their title with win against rival at Nou Camp but Real Madrid had other plans and made chase for the title more interesting.

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