Barcelona – Real Madrid | 24/10/2020

Bitter rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid will lock horns in the first Clasico of the 2020-21 campaign on Saturday afternoon, with both sides looking to bounce back from La Liga defeats last time out. Barca lost 1-0 away to Getafe in their last league encounter on October 17, while reigning champions Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Cadiz.

After opposing results in the Champions League midweek, Barcelona and Real Madrid now engage in the 245th competitive El Clásico, with the hosts looking to square the La Liga (LL) ledger to 73-73. However for the first time since April 2003, both teams enter this world-renowned derby on the back of defeat in the previous LL round.

Barcelona have recorded just one goal across their last two LL fixtures, the first time in a stretch of 12 LL games in which they have done so, in what is just the third time since the start of 2019/20 that they have recorded two consecutive winless LL encounters. A sole victory from their last five LL home Clásico clashes (D3, L1) – despite opening the scoring four times – also fails to inspire, particularly when Barcelona have scored just one second-half goal this LL campaign (excluding own goals).

That stands in stark contrast with visiting Madrid, who enjoy an aggregate 4-0 scoreline across their five LL second halves this season. However their shock defeat to Cádiz was the first time in four LL games in which they did not win the second half.

Furthermore, Real Madrid will be concerned to have fallen to consecutive defeats as a favourite (in all competitions) for the first time since the end of the 2018/19 season, even if both were by just a one-goal margin.

 

Date: 24/10/2020
Time: 17:00
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Pick for this match:
“X”[email protected] 3.78 ( betway )

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