Winner Sleeps at the Top
After eight games, there are only two undefeated teams left in La Liga: Barcelona and Real Madrid. Both are 7-1-0, but Barcelona have allowed only one goal while Real Madrid have allowed seven. Therefore, Xavi Hernandez’s team is currently in first place, but Carlo Ancelotti’s boys could retake the top with a victory.
Los Blancos come in as the betting online favorites at +130, but Los Azulgranas had a blast the last time they visited the Spanish capital. If there’s a soccer match you don’t want to miss, it’s El Clasico.
Let’s check the latest La Liga odds, stats, injury reports and La Liga lines for Real Madrid vs Barcelona. We’ve plenty of La Liga betting odds for you to consider.
Real Madrid: Relaxed
Midweek, Real Madrid conquered their first goal of the season, advancing to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Los Blancos suffered a bit more than expected but ended up drawing 1-1 against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland.
Why is that important? Well, because now Los Blancos can focus on regaining first place in La Liga. Ancelotti won’t have to do as many rotations since the substitutes can take care of the last two UCL games.
That being said, several of Madrid’s starters got some rest in Poland, including Dani Carvajal and Eder Militao, who didn’t play at all. Others like David Alaba, Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior came off the bench.
As if that wasn’t enough, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to return from injury. He missed the last four games, in which Andriy Lunin replaced him and allowed three goals. Having Courtois back is one of the main reasons for Los Blancos to be in charge of the soccer lines. Without him, they wouldn’t be unbeaten.
Last but not least, Los Blancos have won all their home matches but one. During that span, they scored 11 goals and allowed four. The team that managed to snatch a point from them was Osasuna (1-1).
Unlike Real Madrid, Barcelona failed to get a good result midweek. They didn’t lose, but the 3-3 draw against Inter Milan at Camp Nou virtually eliminated them from the UCL Round of 16. If the Nerazzurri defeat Viktoria Plzen in the next fixture, Los Azulgranas will be officially relegated to the UEFA Europa League.
With that in mind, defeating Real Madrid would be the perfect way to bounce back. Plus, it would increase the gap between the two up to four points. In such a competitive tournament like La Liga, that’s a lot.
Los Azulgranas have been impeccable in La Liga, but they haven’t faced a strong side like Real Madrid. In the UCL, they already lost to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan on the road, teams similar to Los Blancos in terms of game volume and stars on the team.
The good news is that they have no major injury concerns. In fact, center-back Jules Kounde is expected to return after missing the last couple of games due to injury.
Offensively, they have Robert Lewandowski on their side. He’s the league’s top scorer with nine goals. He also is the main reason for you to consider including the visitors in your soccer picks, especially at +210. Besides being lethal, he’s eager to prove he’s better than Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 251
- Real Madrid Victories: 100 (417 goals)
- Barcelona Victories: 99 (412 goals)
- Draws: 52
Last season, these two met twice. First, Real Madrid won 2-1 at Camp Nou. David Alaba scored the opener in the first half, while Lucas Vasquez sealed the deal in the end. Sergio Aguero scored for Barcelona, but it was too late.
Later, Los Azulgranas took revenge at Santiago Bernabeu by crushing Los Blancos 4-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who now plays for Chelsea, was named Man of the Match after scoring a brace. Ronald Araujo and Ferran Torres also scored.
Most recently, they met in the North American preseason tour. Barcelona won 1-0 thanks to Raphinha.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Match Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 16th.
- Time: 10:15 a.m. ET
- Location: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
- Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live Stream: fuboTV
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Betting Lines
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction
Anything can happen in El Clasico, literally anything, including a goal-fest, which I believe will be the case on Sunday. We’re talking about the top two scoring teams in La Liga. Barcelona averages 2.5 goals while Real Madrid averages 2.3. Lewandowski, Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, Pedri – it’s la crème de la creme when it comes to attacking units.
The total will go over three goals, but my online betting recommendation is to go with the draw, which is offering a +260 price, meaning a $100 wager would turn into a $360 payout.
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 2, Barcelona 2
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.