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The Clásicos just keep on coming!

We were treated to a Clásico at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday, and on Saturday we get another – this time in La Liga.

Barcelona, who sit top of the league and nine points ahead of their bitter rivals, demolished Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey second-leg 3-0 – which including an outrageous Luis Suarez Panenka penalty – and they’re rightly favourites to win once again on Saturday.

The Bernabéu has been a happy hunting ground for Barca in recent years: five of their last six trips to Real’s back yard have yielded victories, which is why I’m backing them to win once again.

Things at Real aren’t as chaotic as they were at the start of the season, but the gap in quality between the two sides is as wide as it’s been for a number of years, making 31/20 a very enticing price.

Over 2.5 goals is next up.

25 of the last 29 Clásicos have seen over 2.5 goals (an outrageous stat), and it’s hard to see any deviation from the norm on Saturday.

Considering Real have conceded 30 goals in La Liga this season – just one fewer than 16th place Real Valladolid – Barcelona’s front men will be licking their lips, with goals very much on the menu.

As a bit of a longshot, I’m backing Luis Suarez to score first.

The Uruguayan’s brace against Real on Wednesday took his tally against them up to 11 (now just one behind his favourite victims: Norwich City), and it’s clear he loves playing against the old foe.

He’ll be out for more blood on Saturday…

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