It’s a league title decider as Real Madrid host Barcelona in the Bernabeu in El Clasico on Sunday.
These two Spanish giants experienced vastly different fortunes in Europe in midweek. Barca couldn’t produce another miracle comeback against underrated Juventus, drawing 0-0 at home in the Nou Camp and exiting 0-3 on aggregate.
Real Madrid, the new Champions League favourites, scraped past 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time, aided by some fortuitous refereeing decisions and a debatable red card.
Barca need to win this game to have any hope of winning La Liga – three points behind their bitter rival having played a game more. However, Barca have been abysmal away from home recently. Heavy defeats against Malaga, Juventus and PSG give Barca backers any confidence, despite the superhuman powers of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Messi is 6-5 with Betfair to score AAT against Real. But Brazilian Neymar is suspended for this one, which will not aid Barca’s title bid.
Of course, Real can rely on Cristiano Ronaldo who came up trumps with a hat trick to “Bale” the holders out of trouble against Bayern. CR7, buoyed by his midweek heroics is 13-15 to score at any time with Unibet.
Over 2.5 goals has been the play in 11 of Barcelona’s last 12 La Liga games, as well as nine of Real Madrid’s last, which would suggest goals galore in the Bernabeu. However, with the title on the line, we can expect a tactical, cagey affair. Therefore, we go against the stats and under 2.5 at decent odds of 21-10 with Bet365.
Despite all their firepower, Barca have failed to score in those losses against Malaga, Juventus and PSG so BTTS NO at 5-2 with Bet Victor may also pay dividends.