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Barcelona v Real Madrid El Clasico match preview and kick-off time - Enrique's men looking to close the gap

Dean Smith in European 2 Dec 2016
  • Barcelona meet Real Madrid for in La Liga this Saturday afternoon!
  • Which side can take all three points in this huge El Clasico showdown?
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid attempts to shoot under pressure from Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique

It's the biggest fixture of the European footballing calendar this weekend as Barcelona welcome their arch rivals Real Madrid for El Clasico at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.



Barcelona's season has been a stuttering one so far this term. After winning the last two titles under the guidance of Luis Enrique, the Catalonians don't look as dominant as usual this year and they've dropped points unexpectedly in games against the likes of Deportivo Alaves, Celta de Vigo, Malaga and most recently Real Sociedad in their last La Liga fixture.

With the quality that Enrique has at his disposal, particularly in the attacking areas, he'll be disappointed to see his side already six points behind their arch rivals Real Madrid in the title race. Los Blancos' excellent form makes this El Clasico as important as ever this weekend as a victory for the home side will see them cut the gap to just three points.


Real Madrid's Luka Modric (left) battles with Barcelona's Lionel Messi (Getty Images)
Real Madrid are enjoying a fine season so far and are yet to be defeated in any competition this term. Perhaps the crowning jewel of their campaign so far was a 0-3 away hammering of their neighbours Atletico Madrid in the final ever Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon which showed the quality of the team and the quality of their star man, Cristiano Ronaldo, who bagged a hat-trick in that game.

Having been held to draws by the likes of Legia Warsaw in the Champions League and stragglers such as Las Palmas and Eibar in their domestic league, it's clear that this Real Madrid side are far from unbeatable, even if they remain unbeaten so far this season. This is undoubtedly their biggest test so far - can they earn the win?

We have to anticipate goals between these two teams on Saturday afternoon. Although both sides of course possess excellent defensive players, it's in attack where both sides really excel, with Barcelona combining Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez to devastating effect whilst Real Madrid can call on Ballon d'Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo along with the likes of Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata.

With so much attacking talent on the pitch, goals are sure to be expected in this clash. If you're looking in the goalscorer markets, there isn't much value in backing the anytime goalscorer bets but we do enjoy the anytime goalscorer doubles. The Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez double has been profitable for us this term but perhaps Messi and Ronaldo are the more likely two to score in this game given Real's recent form.

Although Real Madrid are the form team, Barcelona have the home advantage in this game. The Catalonian side however have drawn their last two La Liga matches against Malaga and Real Sociedad and another draw could be on the cards here as Real Madrid certainly won't been giving up their unbeaten run easily. 

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Over 3.5 goals to score @ 11/10 with bet365


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Barcelona v Real Madrid El Clasico match preview and kick-off time - Enrique's men looking to close the gap

It's the biggest fixture of the European footballing calendar this weekend as Barcelona welcome their arch rivals Real Madrid for El Clasico at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.

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