Real Madrid host Barcelona on Sunday looking to rub salt into open wounds. Barca top La Liga on goal difference ahead of Madrid, with both teams on 22 points. Barcelona’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages are out of their hands after a frantic 3-3 draw with Inter Milan at the Camp Nou, but Xavi’s side are top of La Liga as they make the trip to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season on Sunday. For Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez, Sunday’s El Clasico provides the perfect opportunity for his side to respond to a damaging result against Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Landing the first psychological blow in the race for superiority in Spain is at stake, and with teams’ level on points separated on head-to-head, the title race could well come down to the finest of margins. The iconic showdown has an all-new feel to it this year, with fresh squads and the world waiting with bated breath to see the Robert Lewandowski-Karim Benzema face-off.
Real Madrid have had an edge over Barcelona in the El Clasico duels. But in the most recent clash in March 2022, it was the Catalans who had the last laugh as they thrashed Real Madrid 4-0 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doing the star turn by scoring a brace in a demolition at the Santiago Bernabeu. The first El Clasico of the 2021-22 season saw Real prevailing over Barca 2-1 at Camp Nou. David Alaba’s first goal for Los Blancos was timely and brilliant, before Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Aguero traded stoppage time goals for the 2-1 final score. That win in October, 2021, was the fourth El Clasico win in a row for Real Madrid, the first time it had happened since 1965.
Real Madrid will wait until the last minute to decide if Thibaut Courtois will be in the starting 11 against Barca, since he missed Real Madrid’s last two games and is still in doubt for El Clasico. In case the Belgian goalkeeper can’t make it, it’ll be up to Andriy Lunin to keep Barcelona’s offense on a tight leash.
Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona Game Information
- Date: 10/16/2022
- Time: 10:15 AM ET
- Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
- How to Watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Celta vs Sociedad Lines
Real Madrid is +130 according to our Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $130. On the other side, Barcelona is +210 according to the Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $210.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Real Madrid at a 43.48% chance of winning the game, meanwhile, Barcelona have 32.26% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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