Fresh from qualifying for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, Real Madrid will turn their attention to La Liga, where they face Barcelona in the 253rd of the El Clasico.
Unlike the visitors, Barcelona didn’t participate in any games in midweek, so they will come into this game fresher. Their last outing was a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao away from home, taking their points tally for the season to 65 points.
That is nine more than their closest rivals Real Madrid, who come into this tie desperate for a win to ensure the Catalan side do not go into the international break with a near-impregnable 12-point lead with 12 La Liga matches left.
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But given their form at home in La Liga, Barca will win this game. Barca are unbeaten in 12 home league games (W10, D2) this campaign, which is their best-undefeated start at home at this stage since 2019/20.
Real Madrid might be unbeaten in their last five league games (W3, D2), but two draws in their last three have put them in a difficult position ahead of the last dozen league games.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now playing catch-up in the race for the title and will be desperate to win in Camp Nou and avenge their last two defeats to Barca in the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.
The good thing, though, is that Los Blancos have won their last two away H2Hs and could make it the second time in history that they’ve won three straight such trips.
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