5th of May 2018 Author: Johnny Karp
The 237th edition of one of the biggest derby matches in European football will take place on Sunday, Barcelona will host Real Madrid at Camp Nou in "El Clasico", the classic derby of Spanish football. This time the derby will not decide who wins the title, but it will still be a fierce match given the rivalry between the two clubs. Real Madrid will be seeking revenge after having lost the reverse fixture 3-0 in December, when Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Arturo Vidal scored for Barca. Overall, Real Madrid have defeated their rivals 95 times, while Barcelona have collected 92 victories in the derby so far.
Barcelona have already secured the title in LaLiga, they had a very good run this season and have not lost any of their 34 matches so far. They have recorded a domestic double because they won Copa del Rey final against Sevilla, but they did suffer the disappointment of being knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals by Roma. Sunday's "Clasico" is the most important event of the season finale for the Blaugrana, while Lionel Messi is keen on scoring a few more goals in order to beat Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot trophy.
Real Madrid have lost the race for the title in Spain this season and they will most likely finish in third place, behind rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. However, they have the satisfaction of having pulled through to the UEFA Champions League final, where they will face Premier League side Liverpool. The Blancos managed to sneak past Bayern Munich earlier this week, the match at Santiago Bernabeu ended 2-2 and Real qualified thanks to the 2-1 victory in the first leg. Dani Carvajal is still injured, while Isco and Raphael Varane should have recovered from their knocks.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen - Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba - Coutinho, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta - Messi, Suarez
Real Madrid: Navas - Vazquez, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo - Modric, Casemiro, Kroos - Isco - Ronaldo, Benzema
My prediction: Barcelona to win 3-1.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Barcelona win - 1.70
Draw - 4.50
Real Madrid win - 4.20
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Obviously that has been another tense game between those two in La Liga.
Even though there wasn't so much on a stake in this game compared with some matches in the previous years there were still some sparks on the field and a sent off of a home team player.
Real partly defended their honour by not loosing that even though their rivals still won the league and the point wasn't enough for the Madrid side.
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