Kick Off: 1515, 28/10/18
Stadium: Nou Camp
Barcelona and Real will break new ground on Sunday when El Clasico takes place without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in 11 years.
Madrid have failed to cope with Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, losing three of their nine LaLiga games, but while Barca have surged to the top of he table, they are now without Messi due to an arm injury.
Both sides are not in great form but a home win at evens looks tasty in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid prediction.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Ernesto Valverde’s side have opened up a one-point gap at the top despite an indifferent run of form which has seen them win just one of their last five league matches.
They will also have to cope without their star man for at least three weeks after Messi sustained a fractured arm in the 4-2 win over high-flying Sevilla, although Barca did beat Inter Milan 2-0 in the Champions League in the Argentine’s absence.
Boss Valverde said: “We must prepare ourselves and have the resources to cope without him, even if these are tough games.
“In the past we have had games without him and we have always tried to maintain our style.”
Barca still have the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to call on and have scored in every game this season.
They have also netted at least three goals in three of their five home league matches this term.
Last Barcelona LaLiga line-up: Ter Stegen, Nelsinho, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Suarez, Messi.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Madrid are in disarray following a shocking start to the season after the departure of talisman Ronaldo.
Defeat at home to Levante at the weekend was their fourth in five matches in all competitions, heaping the pressure on head coach Julen Lopetegui.
They also produced an unconvincing display as they beat Viktoria Plzen 2-1 at home in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Lopetegui said: “I am convinced about what we are doing and we are thinking about preparing for Sunday’s game, which is very important and one for which we have great ambition.”
Madrid have struggled for goals in Ronaldo’s absence, scoring just one in their last five outings, but they do usually find the net in El Clasicos.
So let’s add both teams to score and a home win at 21/10 as our last Barcelona vs Real Madrid tip.
Last Real Madrid LaLiga line-up: Courtois, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Odriozola, Modric, Casemiro, Vazquez, Asensio, Isco, Mariano.
Last LaLiga result:
BARCELONA 4-2 Sevilla – Coutinho, Messi, Suarez, Rakitic
REAL MADRID 1-2 Levante – Marcelo
Head-to-head: Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona, Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona
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