The clock is ticking and an enthralling El Clasico is just around the corner (fingers crossed)
Not that there ever needs to be anything at stake for these two sides to put on one hell of a show, this seasons El Clasico takes place ahead of the backdrop of the tighest La Liga title race in years. Manuel Pellegrini’s side entertain Pepe Guardiola’s treble winning side with the Bernabeu outfit leading the domestic table by just a single goal. Add to that the myriad of world class performers on show and the usual blood and thunder associated with this fixture and the stage is set for a game to remember.
Barcelona edged the meeting of these back in November when a solitary Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike separated the two sides but the Real Madrid side that takes on the Catalan side tomorrow (Saturday) is one who has won their last 12 straight La Liga games and will be looking for revenge and a stranglehold on the title.
The home side are still suffering the scars from their defeat to Lyon in the Champions League and have had to look on this week as Barca took apart Arsenal to book their place in the semi-finals but make no mistake Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be keen to show the world that the Spanish league has more than just one set of world beaters.
New boss Pellegrini has brought attacking football back to Madrid and has seen his side annihilate all that face them and have amassed an incredible 83 goals in 30 games this term and in a season that may well be decided on goal difference that penchant for putting teams to the sword may be difference between winners and runners up.
My Bet of the Day on the game would be on Barcelona to triumph and you can get surprisingly good odds of 17/10 on this occurring. If first goalscorer is your cup of tea how about a generous 14/1 on Xavi or perhaps a 20/1 on Xabi Alonso?
Here are some tasty clips from derbies from years past.
Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona May 2009
Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona May 2008
Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid March 2007
Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid January 1994
Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona January 1995
Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid January 1987 (Gary Lineker hat-trick)