15:15 GMT 28 October 2018
One of the biggest matches in world football returns this week as Real Madrid make the trip to Catalonia to face Barcelona in El Clasico. The visitors have started awfully and sit 8th whilst the hosts sit top despite being underwhelming.
Barcelona will take plenty of confidence from their recent record against their big rivals. They have won four of the last seven meetings with their opponents winning just once. It’s a fixture that always produces goals with over 2.5 goals in 13 of the last 14 matchups whilst both teams have scored in 13 of the last 15.
The big injury news heading into the game concerns Messi and his broken arm as he misses out along with Samuel Umtiti. They still have a very strong side and won’t be worried about losing their star man.
Latest matches: FC Barcelona
|24.10.2018||UEFA||FC Barcelona||Inter Milan||2:0||W|
|20.10.2018||LaLi||FC Barcelona||Sevilla FC||4:2||W|
|07.10.2018||LaLi||Valencia CF||FC Barcelona||1:1||D|
|03.10.2018||UEFA||Tottenham Hotspur||FC Barcelona||2:4||W|
|29.09.2018||LaLi||FC Barcelona||Athletic Bilbao||1:1||D|
The visitors desperately need a win on Sunday and with just Daniel Carvajal and Vinicius Junior missing out, they need to make their strong squad count. Marcelo should return to the starting line-up.
Latest matches: Real Madrid
|23.10.2018||UEFA||Real Madrid||FC Viktoria Plzen||2:1||W|
|20.10.2018||LaLi||Real Madrid||Levante UD||1:2||L|
|06.10.2018||LaLi||CD Alaves||Real Madrid||1:0||L|
|02.10.2018||UEFA||CSKA Moscow||Real Madrid||1:0||L|
|29.09.2018||LaLi||Real Madrid||Atletico Madrid||0:0||D|
With home advantage and a much better run of form, this is certainly Barcelona’s match to lose, even without Messi in the side. Real Madrid have struggled in the league and I expect that to continue at the Nou Camp where their form isn’t anything to write home about. If you’re feeling brave, it might be worth backing Barca with a -1 handicap.
28 October 2018 - 15:15 GMT
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