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Update | 25.10.2018
Disparity has been growing between the two La Liga giants lately. Barca have gained confidence, despite missing Messi. The captain fractured his right arm in Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Sevilla. Currently, they are leading La Liga, with one point ahead of Espanyol. The team is also leading Group B in Champions League. Their comfortable (2-0) victory against Inter Milan, means that they have three wins out of three matches in the league.
Whereas, their rivals Real Madrid sit seventh in La Liga after losing to Levante on the weekend. This is a huge embarrassment for the Royal Club. Their Champions League campaign is not better, as they are struggling in an easy Group (G). Obviosuly, things are not going according to the plan. Real Madrid’s new head coach, Lopetegui, might be sacked, especially if he loses the Clasico on this Sunday.
El Clasico the most watched match in the history of the sport – with viewing figures of 650 million from 182 countries in last year, according to fcbusiness – will take place on La Liga matchday 10. Online sportsbook news in Spain suggest the two historic rivals are still able to excite us, despite showing a slowdown in recent weeks of the Spanish domestic league.
This El Clasico comes at a significant time and marks a new era in Spanish football. To make it an even more memorable event, you may consider betting on Real Madrid vs Barcelona. Opting for one against another is always tough for such competitive games, but you may think of the home advantage as a decisive factor.
The 238th Clasico
Since Barca made Pep Guardiola their head coach in 2008, they won 12 times against Real Madrid.
This El Clasico will be the 238th meeting in all competitions. Although Barca enjoy great record in last decade, Los Blancos are still ahead with two wins in La Liga. Since Barca made Pep Guardiola their head coach in 2008, they won 12 times against Real Madrid, drew four, and lost four. If Barca win again, this will mean the tide is still on Barca’s side, regardless of the dramatic changes that happened to Real Madrid during the summer.
What Makes this Clasico So Special?
The animosity between the two Spanish giants has its layers in cultural, political and sporting disparities. According to online sportsbook news in Spain, the Royal club will visit Camp Nou the next day, October 27, the date that commemorates the declaration of independence by Catalonia Parliament one year ago.
This Clasico is also significant as it marks the end of a decade of dominance by the two most gifted players Messi and Ronaldo. Lionel Messi’s legendary rivalry with the Portuguese super star has ended, but it will be the first time for Messi to captain Barca against Real following Iniesta’s exit of the club.
What to Expect at Camp Nou?
The last meeting was this year on May 6. Barca were 15 points above Real Madrid, and they were comfortably waiting to wrap up La Liga title. On the other hand, Zidane’s men were struggling to hold on to the third position. Their meeting ended (2-2) at Camp Nou after Suarez and Messi hit for the home side, with Ronaldo and Gareth Bale eventually equalizing.
This time it looks a bit different, as only one point separates the two teams. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona failed to capture a single victory in their last three La Liga games. A win is badly needed at this point.