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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: El Clasico preview, prediction, how to watch

LaLiga glory seemed beyond Real and Barca earlier this season, but Atletico’s inability to close things out has allowed the two Clasico rivals to hunt them down.

If teams are level on points in LaLiga come the end of the season, head-to-head record – not goal difference – decides the title, which makes this Clasico potentially decisive.

There is also the small matter of this potentially being Lionel Messi’s final Clasico: the Argentine talisman’s future is unclear beyond the summer, but there is no way that a player who has dominated so many of these mammoth contests in years gone by will want to sign off with anything less than three points and a star performance.

El Clasico date kick-off time and venue

Real Madrid vs Barcelona is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off today, April 10, 2021.

The match will be held behind closed doors at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium is undergoing renovation works, so Real’s reserve stadium is serving as their home base given no fans can attend during the coronavirus pandemic.

Koeman and Zidane face off

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Where to watch El Clasico

Real Madrid vs Barcelona team news

Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos is still out with a calf problem along with Dani Carvajal, while Eden Hazard has missed out on a return to the squad.

As for Barca, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto are doubts but should feature, while Philipp Coutinho and Ansu Fati are both out.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona predicted lineups

Real XI: Courtois; Lucas, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius

Barcelona XI: ter Stegen; Mingueza, De Jong, Lenglet; Dest, Pedri, Busquets, Alba; Messi, Griezmann, Dembele

Real Madrid vs Barcelona prediction

With so much at stake, both teams will fancy their chances of exposing defensive weaknesses. Real exploited a static Liverpool defence in midweek and Barca will have to be wary of pace in behind on the flanks, while Los Blancos will, as ever, have to find a way to stop the genius that is Messi. Expect goals.

El Clasico memories

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona head to head (h2h) results

Last meeting: Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid (24/10/2020)

Real Madrid vs Barcelona odds and betting tips

Messi to score 2 or more: 7/2

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