Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona / La Liga – El Claisco is always a special match and even when a team has as much as 11 points, as it is the case with Barcelona, with a match more than Real. That is why Real has put almost all the trophies in their showcases, last weekend and the new title of the world club champion, while Barcelona is holding only the King’s Cup trophy. Barcelona is undefeated this season, while Real has two defeats in the championship. They are still present in the Champions League and the Cup, and it should be said that Real has at the beginning of this season defeated Barcelona both in the Super Cup, while Barcelona celebrated in Madrid in the previous championship. Begins: 23.12.2017. – 13:00 CET
Real Madrid is in a situation that this game is so important that in the case of a defeat, they can quickly surrender the trophy of the Spain’s champions to Barcelona’s players to take it with them. They are big 11 points behind, or if we want to be realistic eight, because Real has one match less, but it will be played away against Leganes, and Real has already “slipped” at some guest appearances against outsiders this season.
They have failed to resolve the last two away derbies in their favour and they did not even scored Athletic and Atletico, but at the same time they are encouraged that only Malaga has managed to score against them in the previous five rounds. It is also encouraging that they celebrated with a convincing 5-0 against Seville, and won the new title of the world club champion, and this is already a whole series of trophies in just over a year. It is also important that they are complete and that they do not have any injured players.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – T.Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco – Ronaldo, Benzema
Barcelona could not have played more relaxed in El Clasico as they can now, before this holiday break. They have created enormous advantage over their biggest rival but also over Atletico and Valencia so it is clear that they can get a lot from this game and not lose too much. The last defeats that Barcelona experienced were from Real in the Super Cup and it was when Catalans did not seem to have anything to look for in the new season, but it all turned in the meantime and Barca is not losing in any of the three competitions they are playing, and they only occasionally play a draw.
They can only blame themselves only for that home draw with Celta a few rounds ago, after which they made three wins, and routinely confirmed the first place in their group of the Champions League and they have not received any goals in the three mentioned matches. Along with Atletico they have the best defence in the league and the most efficient attack, but unlike their host, they also have some injury problems. For now, Umtiti’s absence was not felt much in their game, however, it could happen in this duel, while Deulofeu and P.Alcacer are out of action, so many classic strikers are missing.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – S.Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, J.Alba – Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitić, Paulinho – Messi, L.Suarez
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Real cannot lose this match, because that would practically mean saying goodbye to the title. They showed themselves in mutual duels with Barcelona that they know how to play against them, but it was a few months ago. Now Barcelona is dominant, and here we would be quite satisfied with some draw, while we give the slight advantage to Real Madrid.
Odds: 1.67 at William Hill (down to 1.57 can be played)