The first El Clasico of the 2023/24 La Liga campaign is set to be played on Saturday, October 28, when Barcelona will host Real Madrid. The kick-off is scheduled for 4:15 pm local time.
Besides the historic rivalry between the two sides, the match also bears importance to the title race in Spain. Real Madrid currently top the league standings with 25 points after 10 games but Barcelona are in close third with 24 points.
Additionally, we also have to take into account in our Barcelona vs Real Madrid tips the multiple injuries that the Catalans have suffered in recent weeks.
Both teams to score? Yes
To start off our Barcelona vs Real Madrid tips, we will go ahead and predict that both teams will score on Saturday. Bet365 offers 1.50 odds on it happening.
The Catalans were defensive monsters last term when they won La Liga, but that solidity went missing over the summer. This term so far, Barcelona have conceded 10 league goals while keeping five clean sheets. At the same time, Xavi’s men have one of the best attacks in La Liga with 22 scored goals.
Combining their stats with Real Madrid’s record of 21 scored and seven conceded goals, it seems reasonable that neither side will finish the match at Montjuic with a clean sheet. While Los Blancos may have looked better defensively so far, we should not forget that Atletico Madrid managed to put three goals past them just a month ago.
Over 2.5 goals
You can call the recent El Clasico matches anything but boring, as in four out of the last five matches between Barcelona and Real Madrid, there were at least three goals scored. We expect a similar outcome on October 28, with the odds on over 2.5 goals standing at 1.57 on Bet365.
The two teams have plenty of means to hurt each other. For the hosts, they are expected to recover Robert Lewandowski from injury. In addition, they also have Joao Felix who has been in top form recently, and Ferran Torres and Lamine Yamal who have had good spells as well.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, can boast La Liga’s top scorer Jude Bellingham, as well as the fast wingers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo. And there is always Toni Kroos and Luka Modric who can create a scoring chance out of thin air, especially since they will have plenty of room in midfield amid the injuries of Barcelona’s duo of Frenkie de Jong and Pedri.
Jude Bellingham to score anytime
Since we have already mentioned the 2023/24 La Liga top scorer so far, it is difficult to imagine that Jude Bellingham will go unnoticed in his first ever El Clasico.
Having joined Real Madrid over the summer, the 20-year-old has so far scored 11 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions for Los Blancos. The midfielder failed to score in the Madrid derby but he will have the chance to redeem himself against Barcelona.
The Catalans will probably do their best to leave as little free space for Bellingham as possible, but thanks to his athleticism and ability to read the game, the Englishman will certainly get at least one scoring chance. And we expect him to capitalise on it, with Bet365 giving 3.10 odds on Jude Bellingham scoring anytime during the game.
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