Tip Barcelona - Real Madrid
Prediction published on October 22, 2021 at 12:04 AM - Modified on October 22, 2021 at 1:04 AM
There have been better Barcelona and Real Madrid teams, but that won't stop millions from tuning in when the pair clash in El Clasico on Sunday afternoon at Camp Nou. The hosts are in seventh place, having picked up 15 points from eight games. Although seventh doesn't sound great, they're only two points behind Real Madrid, who are second in the table. In other words, beat Real and Barca will go ahead of them in the table. The visitors have failed to win their last two La Liga matches, drawing at home to Villarreal before going down 2-1 at Espanyol. Those results came either side of a Champions League defeat at home to Moldovan side Sheriff, so it wasn't the best few weeks for Los Blancos. Things picked up in midweek, though, when they won 5-0 away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. It was Madrid's fourth win in five away games in all competitions.
Barcelona had been in poor form before the international break, but things have looked up since the resumption of club football, with La Blaugrana winning two games in a row. They have won four and only lost one of their last five home matches in all competitions. Key man Ansu Fati has scored in two of his previous three Barcelona home appearances, marking him out as the prominent danger man for the hosts. Karim Benzema has been the star for Madrid this season, with his form inspiring talk of Ballon d'Or contention. Madrid are unbeaten in their last four matches with Barcelona, winning the most recent three. Five of their last six games at the Camp Nou have featured both teams scoring. We suggest backing goals for each side in a game that's hard to call.
Key points Barcelona - Real Madrid
Madrid are unbeaten in their last four matches against Barcelona, winning three times.
Barcelona have won their previous three home matches in all competitions.
Five of the last six meetings between these teams at the Camp Nou featured both teams scoring.
Madrid have won four of their last five away matches in all competitions.
Conclusion Barcelona - Real Madrid
Barcelona have been poor in big games this season, and that makes Madrid the deserved favourites to win this game. However, the return of Ansu Fati to the starting line-up has given Barca some confidence back. We foresee them getting on the scoresheet in a match that Madrid are likelier to edge. Back both sides to find the back of the net.
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