By News Team
Last Updated: 23rd October 2020
Saturday sees one of the biggest games in world football take place with Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at the Camp Nou as the curtain comes down for the 245th El Clásico.
Ahead of the colossal clash, we preview the action below.
Madrid to bounce back?
Unusually enough, heading into Saturday’s game both Barcelona and Real Madrid are coming off the back of shock defeats in La Liga.
Barcelona fell to a disastrous 1-0 loss against Getafe last week, while Madrid were also surprisingly defeated 1-0 by Cadiz at home. Last weekend was also the first time that both Barca and Real lost on the same day without either side scoring since 2002. But while Barca recovered well in the Champions League in midweek with a 5-1 win over Ferencvaros, Madrid’s misery continued with another home defeat – this time losing 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Therefore, it’s little surprise to see the hosts as the favourites for victory on Saturday, with Barca priced at 21/20 and Madrid at 5/2, while the draw is 13/5. Madrid, however, did run out 2-0 victors in the last El Clásico back in March thanks to goals from Vinicius Júnior and Mariano and are 14/1 to win by the same score line this weekend.
Barca to push up the table?
Barcelona’s start to the season got off to a good start with two back-to-back 3-1 victories but after dropping points to Sevilla as well as Getafe, the Catalan club now sit in ninth spot in the La Liga table, so they will be looking to bounce back against Madrid.
One player who has looked in good form since returning to the club is the once-forgotten man Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho has been involved in four goals for his club this season with the Brazilian attacker scoring two and assisting two in all competitions, and is 13/5 to net anytime on Saturday. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, netted in midweek and is 16/5 to break the deadlock against Madrid.
Madrid currently sit in third spot and are just one point off leaders Real Sociedad but their start to the season, like Barcelona, has been less than convincing. Madrid have only scored six goals in their opening five league games compared to the 12 they had scored at this stage last season.
Their stand-out man has been Vinicius Júnior who has been tearing defenders apart this season, with three goals to his name this term, though his efforts have seemed to go amiss due to the lack of fire power up front. He is 19/10 to get on the scoresheet at the Camp Nou.
But although Madrid have struggled to find the back of the net, they have been resilient in defence with Los Blancos managing to keep three clean sheets in their five league games this term. Madrid are 10/3 to keep a clean sheet again this weekend.