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Real Madrid vs FC BarcelonaApril 21, 2024, 3:00 PM EDT
Real Madrid odds-114
FC Barcelona odds+290
Over\Under3 -114/+104

Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona. Shape of the Teams.

El Clásico remains a timeless rivalry and a game that will always be sold out. In times when many rate the Premier League as the highest level of football, every seat in the Bernabeu will be filled, and the spectacle will dominate headlines.

Regardless of league preferences or the current form of Real Madrid and Barcelona, this is the clash that all soccer fans eagerly await. Although Real Madrid is currently on a winning streak, the anticipation for the upcoming Clásico at the Bernabeu remains undiminished. This clash also marks the last Clásico with Xavi Hernández as Barcelona’s manager, as he will be leaving at the end of the season.

Real Madrid’s season is best summarized by this week’s Champions League quarterfinal results. Los Blancos survived a gruelling match against Manchester City that extended beyond normal time into penalties, reaching the semi-finals in dramatic fashion. 

In contrast, Barcelona initially secured a promising 3-2 win at the Parc des Princes. However, in the return at Montjuic, Araújo made a reckless challenge on Barcola and was sent off with a red card. This led to a decisive 4-1 defeat and Barca’s elimination from the Champions League.

At the moment, Real Madrid reigns supreme in European competitions, their pedigree uncontested. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s fans still think of last season’s La Liga triumph. The title sparked hopes of a resurgence under Xavi’s defensively astute strategy. However, this season their defensive line has been breached far too often, unable to fill the void left by Sergio Busquets’ departure.

Barcelona is seven points behind their eternal rival, and only a victory can keep Real Madrid from clinching the title in late April. 

However, Barcelona is in crisis, while Madrid seems to have everything under control. Adding insult to injury, this game takes place in the fervent atmosphere of the Bernabeu amidst passionate fan exchanges.

Although Barcelona hadn’t lost a single game in a long time, against Paris Saint-Germain, it became clear that they can’t keep up with the elite at the moment – not a good sign just before El Clásico.

Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona Match Info

Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona, Odds

Barcelona fans will be hoping for a repeat performance of the 3-0 victory from the time when Xavi’s team was considered a promising and exciting new project. Yet, current realities paint a grimmer picture, with the Catalans finding it tough to counter Madrid’s mastery at the pinnacle of soccer.

More importantly, Real Madrid’s squad includes prodigy Jude Bellingham, who has yet to be stopped by any team in La Liga. Bellingham is everywhere on the pitch and embodies Real Madrid’s dynamic spirit. As a true chameleon, he is able to change colour depending on what the circumstances require.

Barcelona’s midfield is ill-equipped to stifle Madrid’s favoured counter-attacks. Gündogan is expected to start, along with Pedri and Frenkie de Jong, and this will likely present Real Madrid with the counter-attacking game they always look for. 

The atmosphere in Barcelona’s camp is reportedly tense following Gündogan’s critical remarks about the team’s performance and Araújo’s contentious red card against PSG. 

This could see a divided and nervous Barcelona against a unified Real Madrid – the worst possible opponent. The Catalans will also be playing against Lunin, who has stepped in as an excellent replacement for Courtois in the goal, turning away all but one of 33 shots in a recent showcase of his capabilities.

Another challenge for Barcelona will be stopping Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr., who are always a dangerous pair in 1v1 scenarios. João Cancelo has shown to be a liability in that aspect, adding to Xavi’s concerns. 

Additionally, concerns loom over Robert Lewandowski’s efficacy in front of goal, possibly in his final season with Barcelona. The Catalans will be looking to build slowly but surely, while Madrid would prefer an open game.

Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona Betting Tip

Real Madrid isn’t just formidable in attack with stars like Kroos, Bellingham, and Vinicius Junior; it is also a great team without the ball. Although Madrid spent most of their time defending in the game against Manchester City, they eventually emerged triumphant.

Barcelona, in contrast, has shown a surprising struggle to dismantle well-organized defensive setups – a tactic not traditionally associated with Real Madrid but effectively employed by them in Champions League pressures. If the sworn enemy comes to bite their poisoned cake, Madrid will be the first to punish them for it. 

With Barcelona looking for a new coach, several players under scrutiny by the media and a lack of progress as a team, things seem pretty straightforward for Real Madrid.

Sure, Madrid does not have the best defenders, although players like Militão and Rüdiger have stepped up in key moments. But, more importantly, Real Madrid embodies a combative spirit that Barcelona currently lacks – especially in absorbing pressure and executing lethal counter-attacks.

This fighting spirit will likely set Madrid and Barcelona apart in the upcoming clash and explains why Madrid is expected to win by a good margin on Sunday.

The opportunity to beat their arch-rivals to secure the league title just before returning to the Champions League as favourites means that Real Madrid will be in good spirits on Sunday.

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