Real Madrid v Barcelona Prediction: La Liga Match on 20.03.2022
Betting TipReal Madrid to Win
One of the biggest and most famous matches in world football will be played on Sunday from 20:00 GMT when Real Madrid host bitter rivals Barcelona in this hotly anticipated La Liga fixture. Both teams are often found battling it out for the league trophy and supremacy in Spain, but that’s not the case this season following Barca’s troubles brought about by not following financial fair play rules. These laws are becoming stricter, and Barcelona were the first major club to fall foul and have to completely re-shape the team.
Having let Lionel Messi go to PSG to balance the books, those left behind fighting for the club in Spain and on the continent are struggling to adapt. That takes nothing away from this fixture, and the teams will raise their game in an attempt to score an emphatic win over the other. Real Madrid are closing in on the title and, at this stage, are the most likely winners of the trophy, so they understand the value of taking all three points here. But which side will get their win and give fans a famous three points to celebrate at the end of the week? In this article, our team of experienced football writers aim to help answer that question.
Sunday will be the third time this season Real Madrid and Barcelona have met in competitive action. Los Blancos won 2-1 on La Liga duty back in October with the goals scored by Alaba and Vasquez. In the Spanish Super Cup, Madrid again secured the bragging rights thanks to a 3-2 win. Those results mean both teams have scored at least one goal in each of the last four renewals of El Classico, and armchair fans planning to watch this match live on television hope for more of the same here with plenty of goals and even more talking points.
Madrid lead the way
Real Madrid entered this week sitting on top of the league and edging their way closer to the title. They were undone by neighbours Atletico Madrid who shocked European football by winning the league trophy last term but look well on their way to snatching that prize this spring. Madrid are well clear of nearest rivals Sevilla and continue to churn out wins. They are showing great form and the kind of consistency you would expect from a team destined to become champions. Sevilla are second and lie in wait but have drawn three of their last four league matches.
Real reeled off three La Liga wins on the bounce when hammering Real Sociedad 4-1 at this venue earlier this month. That had the potential to be a banana skin tie, but Madrid dealt with it in style, showing they are up for the fight of winning the league. The goals that day were scored by Camavinga, Modric, Benzema and Asensio, but they came after Sociedad had struck an early lead through Oyarzabal, who scored from the penalty spot on 10 minutes. Four goals and four different scorers would have done wonders for team morale.
There was another big win for Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this month when elimination PSG with Neymar, Messi, Mbappe et al. The Spaniards won 3-1 at home thanks to a hattrick scored by Benzema with all three goals coming with a hectic 17-minute period. Mbappe had given the French side a lead just before halftime, and they looked destined for the next round before Madrid put on a show in the second half. This derby appears to be at the right time for them.
Barca back to winning ways
It has been a rollercoaster season for Barcelona, who appear to have finally found their feet this season following a difficult start. The visitors entered the week in third position, well out of the race to win the league but performing much better than was expected of them. The aim was to secure a place in the top four and ensure Champions League football for next season. They appear to be on their way to achieving that but can’t afford to relax and admire their way just yet. With Real Madrid looking likely to be champions with Sevilla second, there are five teams with an active interest in the two remaining places in the top four.
Barcelona’s stats for the season now show 14 wins and nine draws against four defeats with 52 goals scored and only 29 conceded. They have taken maximum points from each of their last four league games, moving their points tally for the season to 51. That means Barca is level on points with Atletico Madrid in fourth with Real Betis two points behind, Real Sociedad three off the pace and Villarreal in seventh with six to find to match the top four contenders. Barca have their work cut out for them this season, but they are heading in the right direction.
The visitors warmed up for this El Classico renewal with a stunning 4-0 win over Osasuna on Sunday. That came at home with the goals scored by Aubameyang, Puig Marti and a double from Torres. It was a fantastic effort from the team and showed just what they are capable of when playing at their best. Confidence will be high in the dressing room before kick-off, but all players know this is a step up in class of opponent. To beat Real Madrid, they will have to be at their best and firing in every department, from a tight defence to a dangerous attack.
Real Madrid v Barcelona prediction
Real Madrid have home advantage, have already beaten Barcelona twice this season in league and cup action and are top of the league. They hold all the aces, and if they are at their best, they should secure another three points while denting the ambition of their rivals.
Barca have been playing well of late, winning their last four, but if they lose this match, it would catch the attention of their rivals in behind. The race for the top four will be more competitive than the race for the title.
La Liga odds
22bet members can back Real Madrid at 2.088 with Barcelona at 3.3 and the draw 3.68.
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