Defending Champions Host Leaders Real Madrid
El Clasico is always a must-watch fixture, and Saturday’s match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is no exception. Defending La Liga champions, Barcelona hosts current leaders Real as just one point separates the teams at present. Barcelona, although they’re in third place, are the last unbeaten team remaining in La Liga, with a 7-3-0 record. Los Blancos will do their best to change that come Saturday. We’ll see what Real’s chances are to hand Barça their first loss of the season as we check out the Barcelona vs Real Madrid odds.
In last season’s La Liga fixtures, these teams split their meetings as the home team won both games. There were five total meetings of El Clasico last season. Barcelona picked up a 3-1 win in the Supercopa de España final. They also beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal. However, Real got a 4-0 win in the second leg to advance to the final.
Barcelona Remain Unbeaten
Barcelona took on Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday and ended with a 2-1 win. Ferran Torres scored the opener for Barça, and 20-year-old Fermin Lopez scored a screamer to double the lead. Lopez looked like Barcelona’s most dangerous player as he hit the woodwork a few times and had a header called back for offside. Shakhtar got a goal back in the second half but couldn’t find an equalizer.
Now, Barcelona is just one of four teams with a perfect record in the Champions League this season. Barcelona defeated Athletic Club 1-0 in La Liga last weekend as well and are still unbeaten. Substitute Marc Guiu, who’s only 17 years old, scored the winner. Xavi has relied greatly on youth this season, like Lamine Yamal, Gavi, Lopez, Guiu, and Alejandro Balde.
However, Barcelona do have several injuries heading into El Clasico. Raphinha and Pedri are questionable. Meanwhile, Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski have a slim chance of being fit for the match. Sergi Roberto and Jules Kounde figure to be out for Saturday’s match. Barcelona vs Real Madrid odds price hosts Barça as +150 favorites.
Business as Usual for Real Madrid
Real Madrid escaped Portugal with a 2-1 win over Braga in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Vinicius Jr. was at the center of everything Real Madrid did. Following some clever play on the left wing, he sent in a ball that Rodrygo finished off for Los Blancos’ first goal of the match. In the second half, he also assisted Jude Bellingham. Braga got a goal back in the 63rd minute, but Real defended well for the rest of the match.
They’ve started their Champions League campaign with a perfect 3-0 record and have managed good results in their La Liga games. Real are 8-1-1, which is good enough for first place in the Spanish La Liga standings. Bellingham has scored in all three of Real’s Champions League matches so far and leads La Liga with eight goals. Real did draw for the first time this season last weekend at Sevilla.
Striker Joselu missed the midweek Champions League match at Braga due to an illness but is expected to be available on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bellingham left the match with a slight issue, but Carlo Ancelotti expects him to be available for his first El Clasico. Recall that both Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtois remain out with ACL injuries.
Match Analysis & Odds
The undisputed La Liga match of the week figures to be a close one. This match is listed as a pick’em as Barcelona pk shows -120 odds, and Real Madrid pk sits at even odds. Real Madrid have lost just one of their last four La Liga matches at Barcelona but are +175 moneyline underdogs for this one.
It would be a big blow for Barcelona if Lewandowski can’t suit up, as he’s their leading scorer in La Liga, with five goals. With other injury concerns, bettors may want to be cautious with Barça. Regardless, the Barcelona vs Real Madrid odds price the hosts as +150 favorites. Barcelona are 5-0 at home in La Liga so far and will look to stay perfect come Saturday.
There has been a winner in each of the last 11 meetings between these teams, in all competitions. Still, a draw displays +270 odds for this one. Nine of the last ten Clasicos have also finished with three or more goals. However, under three goals are priced at -115 odds.