Barcelona v Real Madrid, Saturday 19:00
In the sixth of a possible seven El Clásicos in the 2011-12 campaign, Real Madrid travel to the Camp Nou on Saturday night looking to wrap up the La Liga title as Bet365 offer a live stream service on the game and the latest Barcelona Real Madrid Odds, and tip Barcelona as odds on favourites to triumph over the league leaders.
The Spanish titans have clashed twice in the Spanish Super Cup, twice in the Copa Del Rey and once in the Primera Division so far this campaign with the men from Catalonia prevailing on three of those occasions while Real have only managed draws in the other two.
The El Clásico fixture never fails to produce an exciting spectacle and with the background leading up to this particular encounter, Saturday’s meeting will be no different.
Barça are currently four points adrift of their Madrid rivals and can move to within one should they emerge as victors this weekend, making for a tantalizingly climactic finish to the campaign.
José Mourinho’s men have uncharacteristically dropped six points in their last seven league outings, drawing against the likes of Valencia, Villarreal and Malaga.
To heap further woe upon Los Merengues, the capital club could only run to a 2-1 loss against Bayern Munich during the week and although it may not change their objectives for the second-leg fixtures this week, it certainly makes their task that much more difficult.
That being said, Saturday’s hosts Barcelona suffered a Champions League loss of their own at Chelsea during the week and will take no greater satisfaction in return to winning form than by inflicting misery on Real’s title chances and putting themselves back into major contention in the process.
With 29 points between second placed Barcelona and the next team below them, Valencia, it’s no surprise that the El Clásico participants boast the most impressive statistics in the league.
Pep Guardiola’s side currently have the best home defence in the Spanish top flight, conceding an average of 0.50 goals per game at then Camp Nou this season and managing to keep clean sheets in 69% of those games.
Real may not have been quite as impressive on home soil but have more than made for that with their away record, scoring an average of 2.75 goals per game in unfamiliar territory this campaign, making them the most threatening side in La Liga when going forward away from home.
Although the enticing showcase between two of the world’s most prolific players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, could make the match a must-watch alone, it’s the overall talent on display that makes the battle unmissable.
Xabi Alonso will return from a domestic suspension to feature in Catalonia while Alexis Sanchez is expected to be fit despite picking up a knock against Chelsea.
Gerard Piqué was absent for the match in West London and could also return in time for Saturday’s fixture.
It seems fate that a late season meeting between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola would have such a bearing on who ultimately wins the Spanish title as both sides, who remain on multiple playing fronts, look to finish the campaign on the highest of highs.