This will be the third El Clasico in as many months this year, with Barcelona twice upsetting their bitter rivals, Real Madrid, following triumphs in January’s Spanish Super Cup and the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final a fortnight ago. Attention now turns to a top-of-the-table clash in La Liga.
Xavi’s Blaugrana are looking good value for their lead atop the Spanish top-flight table, with the Catalan giants now nine points ahead of their capital counterparts. They bounced back from a recent upset away to Almeria at the end of last month to seal successive wins and consolidate their position at the summit.
With Manchester United knocking the Spanish table-toppers out of the Europa League earlier this year, Xavi can now centralise his focus on Barca ending their four-year wait for La Liga supremacy. A yawning chasm separates the two giants at the top, but a Real win on Sunday could shift the emphasis.
Carlo Ancelotti won’t have given up hope just yet. Los Blancos recently found out their Champions League quarter-final opponents (Chelsea), but he will be determined to do a league double over Barca on Sunday and close the gap on their bitter rivals, setting up a grandstand finish in the 2022/23 title race.
(Stake Not Returned on Free Bets). 18+ New UK Customers. Must bet £10 in total on 4+ legs, min odds 4.0. £20 credited as free bets, stake not returned. T&C Apply. BeGambleAware.org.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid match stats
Vinicius Junior will be itching to dent Barca’s title hopes and get Real back firmly into the conversation. The brilliant Brazilian has drawn acclaim for his nimble footwork and goalscoring prowess, but from a playmaker perspective, he firmly holds his own. In fact, Vinicius has created the fifth most chances of any player in La Liga this season (47) and the second-most from open play (47).
He will be looking to set up Karim Benzema, who has netted 11 goals this season in La Liga, the third-most of any player. Against Barca, the Frenchman has been directly involved in three goals across his last four games in La Liga (two goals and one assist) and bagged 13 overall against them in his career, including four in his last six in all competitions.
02 Mar 2023 – Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona – Copa del Rey
15 Jan 2023 – Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona – Spanish Super Cup
16 Oct 2022 – Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona – La Liga
20 Mar 2022 – Real Madrid 0-4 Barcelona – La Liga
12 Jan 2022 – Barcelona 2-3 Real Madrid – Spanish Super Cup
As mentioned, Barca and Real have already met three times this season. Back in October, the reigning Spanish champions sealed a 3-1 win over Xavi’s side thanks to goals from Benzema, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo — but since then Barca have claimed back-to-back wins in the Spanish Super Cup and the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final earlier this month.