The central match of the upcoming Saturday in European football will definitely be the Spanish El Classico: Real Madrid will host Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu. This time the start of the match will be very early, the orientation to the Asian market rules completely. Bookmakers are on the hosts side in this couple, but it is important to note, that Barcelona should not be underestimated, the team is in a great sporting shape and Barca’s last defeat is dated back in the start of the season and the matches for the Spanish Supercup.
Real played in the UAE last week, where they confirmed their title of the strongest team in the world. Blancos’ opponents at the club World Cup were Al-Jazira and Gremio, both victories for the Madridians were minimal. Real are on the fourth position in Primera tournament table, having 31 points in the asset and losing 11 points to Barca.
Barca are leading the Spanish championship peloton having the handicap over the closest competitors Atletico six points, i.e. even in case of the defeat in the upcoming game the positive handicap will remain. Valverde is a practical manager, the result is more important than esthetics to him, it was proven recently in matches with Valencia and Juventus, when Barca wouldn’t holding the required draw, therefore one should not expect offensive game from the Catalans.
Real are having a bad season, but the victory in the upcoming game may seriously ease their goal to reach Barcelona in the peloton. Whereas it would be very hard to break through Barca’s defense.
Prediction for the match: Real to score under 2.0 goals in the match