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Real Madrid v Barcelona - La Liga, betting tips and match preview

Regardless of their current form, this match will be considered a must-win for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid v Barcelona La Liga, betting tips, odds and match preview

Featuring two of the best teams in the world over the last decade, El Clasico is one of the most watched annual sports event.

This is the biggest event in world football this weekend.

With events both in and outside the field creating tension between the cities that these teams come from, this will surely be a heated clash.

Players will be fully focused on the 11 points that separate them in LaLiga.

If Barcelona wins, that would give Real Madrid an almost impossible job to do in terms of retaining their LaLiga title, however, a win for Real could throw the title race wide open.

Real Madrid have been away at the FIFA Club world cup which they predictably won to clinch their 5th trophy of the year.

Real Madrid started the season on a high note with a win over their visitors in the Spanish Super Cup but the momentum has since shifted and Barcelona are currently leading them by 11 points.

Real Madrid have given out points to Levante, Fuenlabrada, and Real Betis at home this LaLiga season.

This will give Barcelona confidence that they can win at Santiago Bernabeu again as they did last season.

Lionel Messi netted the winning goal in last season’s El Clasico clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and he will be key here as he has outshone Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

Lionel Messi has netted 14 La Liga goals while Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just 4.

Lionel Messi is also the leading scorer in this fixture with 24 goals.

Barcelona are not just leading the league standings; they are also currently the leading team in terms of recent form as they have collected 20 points from their last 8 matches.

Barcelona come into this match having not tasted defeat in 23 league matches and they have won 20 of those matches.

Regardless of their current form, this match will be considered a must-win for Real Madrid.

El Clasico - Match stats

Real Madrid are currently trailing Barcelona by 11 points (Real have one match in hand), and might have to wave goodbye to their chances of winning the league if they fail to win here.

Support from the home fans can be fantastic, but one can wonder if the pressure sometimes can get to even these world-class players: in the last 10 H2H league matches, the home side have won on only 4 of 10 meetings. At the Santiago Bernabeu, Barcelona have won the last 2 league matches, but were beaten here in August, as Real won the Super Cup trophy.

70 yellow cards (7.0 on average) have been awarded in the last 10 H2H matches in the league, along with 5 reds. Being the record holder for career red cards in LaLiga, Sergio Ramos has had his fair share of the action: the passionate defender has racked up 6 yellow and 3 red cards in the last 10 meetings in the league.

Not one to downplay the importance of the match, Sergio Ramos held nothing back in the press conference before the match: "It's a really big one, no words can do it justice. It's a different sort of match. It is one of the most important matches in world football and given the points difference ahead of the kick-off, Real got to win it to keep ourselves in the hunt in the LaLiga title".

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, who is better? In this fixture, Messi holds a slight edge with a scoring average of 0.67 from 34 matches against Ronaldo’s average of 0.55 from 31 matches. If we count assists, the trend is even stronger, with Messi being involved in 37 goals in 36 Clasicos (24 goals, 13 assists) against Ronaldo’s 19 in 31 (17 goals, 2 assists).

The last 2 meetings between these sides ended in wins for Real Madrid.

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Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Real Madrid

LAST 5 MATCHES DATE COMPETITION
W Real Madrid   1-0   Grêmio 16 Dec, 2017 FIFA Club World Cup
W Al-Jazira   1-2   Real Madrid 13 Dec, 2017 FIFA Club World Cup
W Real Madrid   5-0   Sevilla FC 9 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Real Madrid   3-2   Borussia Dortmund 6 Dec, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Athletic Bilbao   0-0   Real Madrid 2 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Barcelona

LAST 5 MATCHES DATE COMPETITION
W Barcelona   4-0   Deportivo La Coruña 17 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal   0-2   Barcelona 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona   2-0   Sporting CP 5 Dec, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Barcelona   2-2   Celta Vigo 2 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona   5-0   Murcia 29 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey

H2H

LAST 5 MATCHES DATE COMPETITION
Real Madrid   2-0   Barcelona 16 Aug, 2017 Spanish Super Cup
Barcelona   1-3   Real Madrid 13 Aug, 2017 Spanish Super Cup
Real Madrid   2-3   Barcelona 30 Jul, 2017 International Champions Cup
Real Madrid   2-3   Barcelona 23 Apr, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona   1-1   Real Madrid 3 Dec, 2016 Spanish Primera División

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish LaLiga:

December 18, 2017
Leganés 01:00 Real Madrid
December 22, 2017
Real Betis 19:30 Athletic Bilbao
Espanyol 21:30 Atlético de Madrid
December 23, 2017
Real Madrid 13:00 Barcelona
Valencia 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo De La Coruña 18:30 Celta de Vigo
January 6, 2018
Atlético de Madrid 13:00 Getafe
Valencia 16:15 Girona
Las Palmas 18:30 Eibar
Sevilla 20:45 Real Betis
January 7, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Real Sociedad
Barcelona 16:15 Levante
Athletic Bilbao 18:30 Deportivo Alavés
Villarreal 18:30 Deportivo De La Coruña
Celta de Vigo 20:45 Real Madrid
January 8, 2018
Málaga 21:00 Espanyol
January 12, 2018
Getafe 21:00 Málaga

Spanish LaLiga Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 16 13 3 0 42 7 +35 42
2 Atlético de Madrid 16 10 6 0 25 7 +18 36
3 Valencia 16 10 4 2 36 16 +20 34
4 Real Madrid 15 9 4 2 30 11 +19 31
5 Sevilla 17 9 2 6 20 22 -2 29
6 Villarreal 16 7 3 6 23 20 +3 24
7 Eibar 17 7 3 7 22 29 -7 24
8 Getafe 17 6 5 6 22 16 +6 23
9 Real Sociedad 17 6 5 6 31 29 +2 23
10 Girona 17 6 5 6 21 26 -5 23
11 Leganés 16 6 3 7 12 14 -2 21
12 Real Betis 16 6 3 7 25 29 -4 21
13 Celta de Vigo 16 5 3 8 27 24 +3 18
14 Athletic Bilbao 16 4 6 6 16 19 -3 18
15 Levante 17 3 9 5 15 22 -7 18
16 Espanyol 16 4 5 7 13 21 -8 17
17 Deportivo Alavés 17 5 0 12 13 25 -12 15
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 16 4 3 9 18 31 -13 15
19 Málaga 17 3 2 12 13 31 -18 11
20 Las Palmas 17 3 2 12 13 38 -25 11

Spanish LaLiga Results

December 21, 2017
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Málaga
Eibar 4 - 1 Girona
December 20, 2017
Real Sociedad 3 - 1 Sevilla
Getafe 2 - 0 Las Palmas
December 19, 2017
Levante 0 - 0 Leganés
December 18, 2017
Málaga 0 - 2 Real Betis
December 17, 2017
Barcelona 4 - 0 Deportivo De La Coruña
Las Palmas 2 - 2 Espanyol
Celta de Vigo 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 1 - 0 Getafe
December 16, 2017
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 0 Deportivo Alavés
Eibar 2 - 1 Valencia
Athletic Bilbao 0 - 0 Real Sociedad
December 15, 2017
Sevilla 0 - 0 Levante
December 11, 2017
Espanyol 0 - 1 Girona
December 10, 2017
Villarreal 0 - 2 Barcelona
Levante 1 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
Real Betis 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Sociedad 0 - 2 Málaga

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