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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
18 December 2019
Wednesday 18 December
Nou Camp – La Liga
Real Madrid head to Barcelona for their El Clasico showdown, with the two sides locked at the top of the table. It’s no exaggeration to suggest the winners of these fixtures determine who wins La Liga.
Barcelona beat Real Madrid home and away in La Liga action last season, as well as overcoming them across two legs in the Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid are without a league win at the Camp Nou since 2016
Barcelona have no fresh injury worries to deal with ahead of El Clasico, with Ousmane Dembele already ruled out.
Midfielder Arthur Melo will undergo a late fitness test, but full back pair Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba are back fit.
Real Madrid will recall Casemiro after resting him at Valencia last weekend, due to a suspension risk, with Ferland Mendy returning at left back if Marcelo misses out.
Gareth Bale is also in line for a return, with either Isco or Rodrygo Goes dropping to the bench.
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Preview and Predictions
Barcelona drew 2-2 away at Real Sociedad last weekend, with Gerard Pique controversially denied a late penalty at the Anoeta.
That result means Ernesto Valverde’s side are only top of La Liga ahead the visit of Real Madrid by goal difference.
Real Madrid also drew their last game, 1-1 away at Valencia, thanks to a late goal from Karim Benzema.
Zinedine Zidane’s side missed the chance to leapfrog Barcelona with a win at the Estadio Mestalla, but arrive in Catalonia on the back of seven games unbeaten in La Liga.
This tie is rightly billed as one of the best games in world football, and the stakes could not really be higher with both sides pushing for top spot.
With so much pressure on the game, it is difficult to call a winner, and a draw, priced at 3.0, still offers real value.
Neither side have been great defensively in recent weeks, with one clean sheet in their last collective 12 games, and there should be goals in this game.
With that in mind, an over 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 0.4
A 2-2 draw at 11.50
Both teams are much better going forward than at the back currently, that will be their best chance of a result, and these games rarely fail to disappoint in terms of goals and action.
Luis Suarez to score first at 5.5
Suarez is in hot form now, with four goals in his last six games for Barcelona, but despite Benzema and Lionel Messi outscoring him so far this season, he has a better recent El Clasico goal record, with seven in his last six games against the old enemy.