By News Team
Last Updated: 22nd October 2021
We’re in for a treat this October Sunday as Barcelona and Real Madrid write new chapter of their fierce rivalry with El Clásico at the Camp Nou.
This will be the first Clasico without both Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos following their respective moves to PSG, yet the stakes remain high; Madrid can go top of the league with a win, whereas three points for Barcelona and they move above Real, into second place.
We preview the match below.
Real Madrid’s chance to go top?
It was a solid start to Carlo Ancelotti’s second spell as Real Madrid manager, which began with an eight-game unbeaten run leaving Zinedine Zidane’s departure a distant memory.
Then perhaps the biggest Champions League group stage upset ever happened, a 2-1 loss to Sheriff Tiraspol, which was then followed by defeat to Espanyol in the league.
However, Los Blancos have rebounded with an impressive 5-0 away win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, with Vinicius Jr. scoring two and providing one while Karim Benzema got a goal and an assist.
Benzema is a deserving Ballon d’Or finalist at the top of his game and you can find him at 10/3 to find a way onto the scoresheet first on Sunday afternoon.
Vinicius Jr. has been a revelation at the Bernabéu this season and the brilliant Brazilian is expected to capture the limelight once again, with a goal anytime available at 15/8.
Barcelona and Koeman on the up?
Barcelona are aiming to make it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season on Sunday.
Ronald Koeman’s side finally ended their dismal run of form with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over a valiant Valencia side.
Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay and Phillipe Coutinho were all on the scoresheet as the Catalans look to get on track for a La Liga title challenge.
Should Ansu Fati also feature, he’ll be the one for you to keep your eye on, joint 11/8 favourite with Sergio Aguero to score anytime.
Barca were hoping to build on their Valencia victory, and did, grabbing their first win and goal in European competition this season on Wednesday – a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv at the Camp Nou – positive momentum heading into El Clasico.
Who will be victorious?
El Clásico has always been one of the most unpredictable clashes of all time and with so much at stake, we should be in for a tasty affair once again.