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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
28 February 2020
Sunday 1 March
Santiago Bernabeu – La Liga
Real Madrid host Barcelona in a crunch El Clasico tie this weekend, which could decide the destination of the La Liga title. Zinedine Zidane’s side slipped down to second in the table with a 1-0 defeat to Levante last weekend, with Barcelona moving two points ahead of them.
The El Clasico tie at the Camp Nou earlier this season ended as a 0-0 draw for the first time since 2002, meaning Barcelona are now unbeaten in their last seven league games against their old enemy.
Real Madrid are without Eden Hazard due to a new ankle injury, but Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic should both be fit to come back into the side.
Barcelona are without full-back pair Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba for the trip to the Spanish capital, with Nelson Semedo and Junior Firpo set to fill in.
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Preview and Predictions
Real Madrid’s surprise defeat to Levante has opened the door for Barcelona to reclaim the lead in the La Liga title race.
Zidane’s side need a positive result here to avoid falling further behind, as they chase a first league title since 2017.
Barcelona cruised past Eibar with a 5-0 home win last time out in league action, and Quique Setien’s side have the edge heading into El Clasico.
The visitors know that anything other than a defeat puts them in the driving seat to win the league, and that will reduce the pressure on the Catalan side.
Real Madrid cannot really afford to lose this game, but they also do not looking fully convincing enough now to go out and win – with a draw on Sunday priced at 3.70.
The result earlier this season between these two sides was a blip based on other goal-filled meetings in previous seasons.
With that in mind, a BTTS bet comes in at 1.57.
A 1-1 draw at 7.00
Barcelona will be the happier of the two sides to claim a draw, and they do look to have their edge back following the win against Eibar.
Lionel Messi to score anytime at 2.15
Messi netted four against Eibar less than seven days ago and his record of 26 El Clasico goals is consistently impressive ahead of these meetings.