Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
It’s the year 2019, and still the battle for the soul of Spain is being waged between these two clubs. The result would depend on the most minute of things all through the ninety minutes, owing to the enormous rivalry. But considering the top-notch offensive talent on both sides, goals are a given by either squad at the Nou Camp this Wednesday.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Head-to-head (h2h)
- Barcelona won the last two games.
- In fact, Real Madrid are on a winless run against this opponent in the previous six fixtures.
- Eight of the former ten overall wins went to the teams that were on the road.
- The preceding 16 encounters at this stadium had goals from both teams.
- The most recent encounter ended in a 0-1 win for Barca, on the road.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Prediction
Barca’s problems on the road continued once again last match-day, as they had locked horns with Sociedad. The hosts found the back of the net early in the 12th minute itself, which put the Blaugrana under massive pressure.
Ernesto Valverde’s men did manage to equalize through Antoine Griezmann, and later took a one-goal lead through Luis Suarez. But the joy was short-lived, as clumsy defending at the back led to the defending champions conceding once again. And thus, the game ended 2-2, with both teams sharing the spoils.
Barca dropping points meant, Real Madrid had the chance to take the top-most position in the table. And with Clasico around the corner, it meant as if the story was written on the stars. However, the road trip to take on Valencia proved too difficult a task to deal with.
Not a single goal came in the first half for both teams, and late into the latter 45 minutes, the hosts took a 1-0 lead with a strike from Carlos Soler. It looked as if the Los Blancos were heading to a defeat.
But as has been the case this season, Karim Benzema appeared saviour when it mattered the most for the Royal Whites. His equalizer in the 90+5th minute put the 13-time European champions level on points with arch rivals, Barcelona.
This Wednesday, the fact that the game takes place at the Nou Camp will heavily influence the result. Barca have made it a habit of performing extremely well on the wide pitch of their home ground, while falling short many a times away from home.
This season too, their home form is one of the best in whole Europe, and they will try to ride that momentum in search for a win. In fact, at this venue, Lionel Messi and co have a 100% winning record this season, disregarding a sole 0-0 draw against Slavia Prague in the Champions League.
Also keep note that Valverde’s men have scored a total of 35 goals from their previous ten appearances here, and most importantly, they have made it a point to compensate their shortcomings on the road with good performances back at home.
In addition, Barca are on a six-game unbeaten run against the Madrid outfit, and have won the latest two such encounters. In the meantime, Zinedine Zidane’s men have had their fair share of troubles on the road this season. To quote a stat, they were winless in 12 of their former 19 away fixtures.
Moreover, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Marcelo, James Rodriguez etc on the injury list, it would be hard for the team from the capital to put forth a performance worthy of three points this Wednesday. Also, do take into account the fact that how the respective Champions League-Round of 16 draws would have affected the both parties.
Barce have been pitted against the comparatively easier Napoli, while Zidane’s men will have to take on the titans of England, and heavy favorites to lift the title, Manchester City.
As such, count on the in-form Lionel Messi and co to prove their mettle at their favorite hunting ground once more, and take the three points on offer.
However, do consider that this is the fiercest rivalry in the sport of football. Form, venue, titles etc all will take backseat when the ferocity of the players to outgun their arch rivals is considered. Ninety minutes of heavy-duty action, and drama is on the cards for fans this match-day, and it would be extremely unlikely for either team to keep a clean sheet.
Especially when the defensive woes of Barcelona is considered, the visitors are tipped to score at least once. Moreover, take into account the fact that the previous 16 h2h games at this venue have had goals from both teams, and add into the mix the terrifying form of Karim Benzema.
Close scrutiny of all these factors help us to pick out the BTTS as a major bet this game week in the La Liga.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2)
Barcelona to Win @ 1.75 (3/4).