Spanish La Liga preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid Tips, October 28, 2018 – Camp Nou – 15:15 BST
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Tips
Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid at 12/1 with Bet365 Odds *
Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid at 15/2 with Bet365 Odds *
* Barcelona vs Real Madrid Odds taken from the leading online bookmakers and were correct as of 25/10/2018 – subject to change.
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For the first time since December 2007, a Barcelona-Real Madrid clash will be without their two contemporary greats – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi, the highest scorer with a tally of 26 goals so far in this Classic fixture, will miss out with an injured right arm, sustained during last weekend's La Liga clash with Sevilla.
The Argentine maestro will be out of action for a fortnight at least. But whatever doubts Barca fans harbored about the team's performance sans their talismanic star were dispelled with a clinical show against Inter-Milan at Nou Camp on Wednesday night.
The Blaugrana prevailed over the visiting Milanese club 2-0 and Rafinho who stepped for Messi in the forward space proved himself with a goal.
Barcelona were somewhat in the midst of a rough patch during the September last-early October phase, going through 4 games without a win including a humiliating 1-2 loss to unfancied Leganes. But an emphatic 4-2 thumping of Sevilla last weekend ensured them a place at the top of the La Liga table after being down to the No. 2 spot for a brief while.
Barca go into Sunday's El Classico with the attacking trio of Rafinho, Luiz Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho and a mid-field packed with names like Ivan Rakitic, Busquets and Bayern-import, Arturo Vidal.
The defense, though, haven't been parsimonious as they were in the 2017-18 season, conceding goals in each of their last 7 La Liga fixtures.
The back four of Jordi Alba, Pique, Clement Lenglet and Roberto will have their job cut out, for even though well below their best, a Real attack that has folks like Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Isco and the quality of a Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiero to back them, one can expect a goal or two from the visitors at Nou Camp on October 28th.
New coach Julen Lopetegui who took over from champion coach Zinedine Zidane is probably overseeing one of the worst starts to a season Los Blancos could imagine.
After 9 games, Real are struggling at the 7th spot of the La Liga table behind even lesser-heard teams likes Alaves (2nd) and Valloloid (6th).
How dismal Los Blancos' passage has been of late is reflected in the results of their previous four la Liga outings.
Their best show in this spell was a 0-0 draw home at the Bernabeu against city rivals Atletico Madrid. The remaining three were losses to Sevilla, Alaves and Levante.
What's even more astonishing is that they found the back of the net just once from these outings while as many as seven goals were conceded.
The Real defense has been regularly breached by much weaker oppositions with ease and it's anybody's guess what a side like Barcelona could do it.
The 2-1 win against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday in a UEFA Champions’ League Group clash should give the Madrid giants some comfort going into the El Classico. But then, excepting for a 1-4 result over minions Girona, Real haven't registered a win in any of their remaining 4 away games this season.
The trip to Nou Camp becomes even more daunting given these recent statistics. The Catalan giants have lost just once in their last seven meetings with Real Madrid since 2015, winning four of them and drawing twice.
The online bookmakers' apparently are wagering on the hosts to take Sunday evening's clash at the Nou Camp as odds below suggest
correct as of 25/10/2018 and are subject to change
Barcelona to win: 1/1
Real Madrid to win: 23/10
Those wanting to take a risk can go for a “Drawn” game.