Barcelona host fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp in Saturday’s El Clasico in the Spanish La Liga, coming off the back of poor form by their standards.
Real Madrid are high-flying in all competitions and boast six consecutive league wins ahead of their weekend clash which could see them winning away to the Catalans for the second time this year.
Barcelona look human in 2016/17 while Real Madrid look invincible
Barcelona have been vulnerable all season and are close to their lowest ebb in recent weeks. Luis Enrique’s men have won just two of their last five games in all competitions, scoring one or less goals in four of their previous six. This campaign has already seen the Catalans lose at home to Alaves, while being help at the Nou Camp by Atletico Madrid and Malaga. Away from home, Celta Vigo, Manchester City (Champions League) and Real Sociedad have taken points off Barca and Real Madrid will fancy their chances as a result.
Real Madrid, however, couldn’t wish for better form ahead of the weekend’s El Clasico. Los Blancos are unbeaten in the Spanish La Liga this season, coming off the back of six consecutive wins and three of them having been on the road. No side have picked up more points in the league on the road than Real Madrid in 2016/17, and the last team to beat Los Blancos at home was last year. Real are travel-happy and beat Barca at the Nou Camp in the league in April last season. They’ll be fired up to repeat the feat.
Zidane masterminding results against the elite clubs
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has boosted his reputation in recent months with the results he’s picked up against top sides. A 3-0 win against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon is a big statement of intent from Real nine days ago, and they have earned an impressive 11 points from a possible 15 against sides in the top-seven this season.
Zidane is coming out on top against the in-form clubs in the Spanish La Liga, and is getting the respect he deserves for Real Madrid’s form. The club haven’t lost in the league since February and go into Saturday’s El Clasico as favourites for many. Having won at the Nou Camp earlier this year, they shouldn’t have a mental block in repeating the feat in 2016/17. Real Madrid are 2/1 to win against Barcelona on Saturday afternoon. Can Los Blancos deliver?