Real Madrid and Barcelona, two of the biggest and widely recognized football clubs in the world, will collide once again for the El Clasico. Find here our complete El Clasico betting preview, with predictions on Real Madrid v Barcelona, probable lineups, tips, best odds, free bets and+ no deposit bonuses!
EL CLASICO: REAL MADRID v BARCELONA BETTING PREVIEW
Should Real Madrid beat Barcelona at the Bernabeu then Barcelona’s chances of winnings La Liga will be all but over. Just one win in five Liga games on the road is one of the reasons for the 10 point swing at the top of the table that has seen a six-point advantage over los Blancos become a deficit of four.
Paddy Power Betting BonusThe current Spanish champions have lost only two matches during the current campaign and are setting the Champions League alight following a comprehensive 9-2 demolition of Schalke over the two legs of the Round of 16.
Carlo Ancelotti has received some good news this week as both Karim Benzema and Pepe resumed full training, meaning they are likely to start.During the week Jese ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, meaning his season is over. Khedira and Arbeloa are still sidelined.
Barcelona have lost four games in La Liga since the end of November and currently lie in third place, behind Real and Athletico Madrid. They go into this game after thrashing Osasuna 7-0 last week and overcoming a tame Man City in the match before that.
Interestingly, Neymar returns to the starting line-up for Barcelona. Gerard Pique returns from injury and is likely to be reinstated into the starting XI. Carles Puyol is unlikely to recover in time to make the match squad, whilst Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan Dos Santos are long-term casualties.
The recent history is against Barcelona for this fixture. They haven’t beaten the capital side on their home ground since 2012, but Tata Martino’s men will be encouraged by the previous meeting between the two in October, where they won comfortably.
EL CLASICO: REAL MADRID v BARCELONA LINEUPS
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez – Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo – Xabi Alonso, Modric – di Maria, C. Ronaldo, Bale – Benzema (Morata)
Barcelona (4-3-3): Victor Valdes – Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba – Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta – Neymar, Messi, Pedro