On Saturday 2nd March 2019, football fans will be treated to yet another El Clasico clash when Real Madrid hosts their bitter Rivals Barcelona. At 19.45GMT, fans will be ready to get entertained from Santiago Bernabeu one of the most thrilling matches in football action.
Real Madrid overcame their shame of losing to Girona 1-2 at home to defeat Levante 2-1 while playing away. Apart from the loss to Girona, Real Madrid is a force to reckon with. At number 3, Real Madrid is looking forward to overtaking the second-placed Atletico Madrid and make La Liga a two-horse race against Barcelona has it has been before. Real Madrid is also entering the fixture with bitterness having been thrashed by Barcelona and 5-1 in their first leg of the season at Camp Nou. So for them, this is a good chance to revenge for that shameful defeat.
With 10 matches unbeaten in all competition, Barcelona seems to be on fire and ready to extend this record. Having stamped their superiority over Real Madrid in the first leg, they are here to sign off the victory. Their last week’s 4-2 triumph over Sevilla shows their hunger to win and scoring power. A win for them in this fixture will lift the pressure off their back for lifting the trophy. With a 7-point difference form the second placed, Atletico Madrid any loss will start piling pressure on them in the table standings. With this in mind, they are going to play hard to emerge the better team.
With the two teams’ rivalry ever increasing, this weekend’s fixture will be on high tempo owing to the fact that Real Madrid is under pressure to win to cover their first leg 5-1 defeat. Barcelona on the other hand despite playing away is not ready to make things easy for Real. Any win for either team will come through blood and toil. Nevertheless, we predict for Real Madrid to emerge with a narrow victory.
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Head to Head
The two teams Real Madrid and Barcelona have extended their rivalries 57 times. Of this, Real Madrid has won 18 matches conceding 22 to Barcelona. 17 matches have ended in a draw. A look into the two teams’ 8 most recent matches, here is the score we were treated to:
- Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid
- Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid
- Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid
- Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona
- Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
- Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid
- Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona
With Luca Zidane and Isco back in training, Real Madrid’s squad selection will be boosted. On the flipside, Nacho Fernandez is serving a one-match ban due to foul play. Their main man Karim Benzema is ruled out of the fixture due to a leg injury. Others who have injuries include Franchu, and Marcos Llorente.
With Jasper Cillessen and Arthur Henrique Ramos back in training, Barcelona has a wide variety of squad to choose from. However, they have to be content without the possible services of Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha who are nursing a calf and cruciate ligament injuries respectively.
Prediction and Odds
With a bag of five goals in their back, Real Madrid has to lay down such a burden by winning this fixture. This pressure is also compounded by the fact that they are uncomfortable at number 3 just 2 points from the second-placed Atletico Madrid and a distant 9 points from the leaders Barcelona. Therefore, this is their chance to kill two kill two birds with one stone. We place our bets for:
- Barcelona Win
- Game to end in draw
- Over 1.5 goals