Kick Off: 13.00 CET , 23/12/2017
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid have 11 points to make up on Barcelona in LaLiga this season but they can start to chip away at that gap by winning El Clasico at the Bernabeu on Saturday. The Whites did the double over their arch rivals when prevailing in both legs of the Spanish Super Cup in August and we reckon they are ready to confirm that superiority.
Zinedine Zidane’s side were on a different level when lifting that trophy 5-1 on aggregate and get a confident vote at 21/20 to oblige again in our Real Madrid vs Barcelona betting predictions.
Real Madrid have had to endure several sticky moments this season, but Zidane never stopped backing his players and they may just emerge even stronger for the experience.
The Whites may now be lagging behind on the domestic front but the pressure has been eased by lifting the Club World Cup for the third time in four years.
Cristiano Ronaldo made it eight goals in seven matches when netting in both a 2-1 semi-final defeat of Al Jazira and the 1-0 victory over Gremiro in the Abu Dhabi decider.
When the 2017 Ballon d’Or hero is on a hot streak, he makes the whole Real team tick, with Luka Modric providing some superb assists of late and Gareth Bale back from injury.
Barcelona are unbeaten in 24 games in all competitions since being humbled by Real at the start of the campaign and have dropped just six points in 16 matches in this competition.
Ernesto Valverde’s side will travel in good spirits following three straight clean-sheet wins over Sporting Lisbon, Villarreal and Deportivo.
However, Barca haven’t been overly-convincing in big games on the road this term, drawing at Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Juventus over the last couple of months.
Lionel Messi is heading Spain’s Golden Boot race with 14 goals and Luis Suarez has netted nine times, but the supporting cast is not as strong as in recent years, with Neymar having moved on and big-money replacement Ousmane Dembele out injured.
El Clasico always seems to throw up a twist or two, but we like 33/4 for a 2-1 home win from the Real Madrid vs Barcelona odds.
REAL MADRID 1-0 Gremio – Cristiano Ronaldo
BARCELONA 4-0 Deportivo – Luis Suarez (2), Paulinho (2)
Head to head: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid, Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 0-4 Barcelona
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