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Real Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction & Betting tips
Real – Barca, arguably the biggest game football has to offer worldwide, rises this time the day before Christmas. The greater pressure unquestionably weighs on Real Madrid, but the Royal are only in fourth place, already eleven points behind the arch rival from Catalonia. FC Barcelona have played one more game than Real, but are unbeaten with 42 of 48 possible points and well on the way to the championship.
There have been 236 compulsory games between the archrival rivals with a relatively balanced balance. 95 Real Madrid victories stand at 49 draws against 92 Barca successes. In the Primera Division Real also has just under the nose with 72 wins with 33 draws and 69 defeats. In Madrid, 52 victories for the Royal are recorded in 15 draws and only 20 failures.
Real Madrid :
After the UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Supercopa, which took place in August, Real Madrid celebrated their third title of the season last weekend with the Club World Cup. After a 2-1 semi-final against Al-Jazira, Real narrowly won the final, but earned a 1-0 win against Gremio Porto Alegre. In everyday life, it was not quite as round. In the Copa del Rey the way into the second round against CF Fuenlabrada (2: 0 and 2: 2) unexpectedly difficult, while in the Champions League with 13 points from six games only enough for second place behind Tottenham Hotspur. In the league, the opening match was very mixed with five points from the first three games and with five wins and two defeats against Betis Sevilla (0: 1) and at FC Girona (1: 2) it did not continue optimally. Subsequently home wins against UD Las Palmas (3-0) and Malaga (3-1) alternated with goalless away-ties at Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. Before it went to the club World Cup, Sevilla FC was outclassed 5-0.
After a long injury break, Gareth Bale will probably take his place in the Clasico as a Joker on the bench. The eleven who won the final of the club World Cup should start. Except for the third goalkeeper Luca Zidane all men are operational.
Probable line-up: Navas – Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Isco, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo
FC Barcelona lost their Supercopa against Real (1: 3 and 0: 2), but have been unbeaten for more than four months. In the Copa del Rey succeeded against Real Murcia (3: 0 and 5: 0) effortless in the last sixteen and also in the Champions League Barca was with four wins and two draws sovereign group winners Juventus Turin, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos Piraeus. In the league Lionel Messi and Co. started with seven wins in a row furiously, then followed by a first draw at Atletico Madrid (1: 1) turn four victories in series. After that, Barca had to settle for one point at FC Valencia (1-1) and against Celta Vigo (2-2), but the last two games at Villarreal (2-0) and Deportivo La Coruna (4/1) : 0) won the team coached by Ernesto Valverde again.
With Samuel Umtiti, Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu there are three injury-related failures, while Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha train again after each long break, but celebrate their comeback hardly in Clasico.
Probable line-up: ter Stegen – Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Jordi Alba – Rakitic.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona head to head matches
16.08.17 SC Real Madrid Barcelona 2 : 0
13.08.17 SC Barcelona Real Madrid 1 : 3
30.07.17 ICC Real Madrid Barcelona 2 : 3
23.04.17 LL Real Madrid Barcelona 2 : 3
03.12.16 LL Barcelona Real Madrid 1 : 1