All of Spain is getting ready for this season’s first Classico as third place Real Madrid travel’s to the Nou Camp on Saturday to take on league leaders Barcelona.
Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga this season having only dropped two points drawing against Atletico Madrid, and last weekend against Osasuna in Pamplona.
Midweek the Blaugrana faced AC Milan in the San Siro for the first leg of their Champions’ League group match coming away from Italy with a 1-1 draw.
At home the Catalans have yet to drop any points winning all four games while finding the back of the net an amazing 18 times, while only conceding an average of one goal per game that does not bode well for the visitors.
Messi is of course at the heart of the team while Alex Sanchez and Pedro have all contributed to the wins.
As for the Brazilian wonder kid Neymar he has yet to make a significant impact on the team, but will be eager to shine during his first ever Classico.
Real Madrid have the opportunity to go level with Barcelona should they win, and history is certainly on the side of los Blancos beating Barcelona three times and drawing twice in their last five meetings.
Real Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu at the weekend, and downed Juventus Wednesday night 2-1 thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo in what proved to be a very hard fought match.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti had the team out today at the Real Madrid City, but left the players who took part in last night’s match to train indoors.
Madrid’s new signing Gareth Bale will also be playing like Neymar in his first ever Classico so it will be interesting to access which club made the better purchase.
One thing is for sure we will not be witnessing a goalless game, and while Barcelona have only produced one goal in their last two games they still remain unbeaten at the Nou Camp in 19 consecutive games with Real Madrid being the last team to win there back in October of 2012.
Classico’s are such tough matches to predict as the players themselves know that everyone in the country will be rooting for one side or another which makes me think that a draw is the most likely outcome, and if I was to have a bet it would be for the inform Cristiano Ronaldo to score at any time with odds of even money currently available.
Saturday, October 26, 6:00 PM