Barcelona v Real Madrid – Saturday 15:00

Unbeaten Real Madrid travel to Barcelona knowing a win will send them nine points clear of their rivals and all but end the Catalans’ hopes of defending their title with two-thirds of the season still to go. Barca have dropped points in their last two matches and after being held to a nil-nil here by nine-man Malaga they were totally outplayed in San Sebastian by Sociedad last weekend. Sevilla and Valencia could easily have taken points off them in recent weeks too, while a 1-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Granada hardly strikes fear into opponents’ hearts. Something isn’t right at the Camp Nou.

Up front, Neymar and Luis Suarez are in woeful form, with the Brazilian having not scored in seven in the league and Suarez with just three in 10. Further back, Sergio Busquets is being easily bypassed in midfield while Ivan Rakitic and Andre Gomes are struggling to fill the void left by Andres Iniesta’s injury, and the defence is getting overrun. In contrast, Real Madrid are unbeaten in 32 games across all competitions and Ronaldo is also in superb form having scored hat-tricks in their last two Liga away games.

Overall, there’s one clear bet here and that is to back Real. Both Clasico’s last season went the way of the away side and on recent form we can’t understand Barcelona being odds-on. Ronaldo is also worth a bet to score: he’s netted in nine of his last 10 trips to the Nou Camp in all competitions. With stats like that, and given his current form, the Ronaldo to score/Real Madrid win double looks the bet of the weekend at 6.0.

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