31.03.2016 » 7 reasons why Real Madrid will beat Barcelona in El Clasico
Barcelona and Real Madrid will be facing each other this next Saturday at the Camp Nou and unlike in most occasions where these two teams have met in the past, this time there's not much to be decided except who's taking home the 3 points. The Spanish League has been virtually won by Barça for a few weeks now, after taking off in the standings and putting both Atletico (9 points behind) and Real Madrid (10 points behind) way distant in the rear mirror. However, a Clasico is always a Clasico and if there's any team in the world capable of surprising Barcelona in their own backyard, that's probably Real Madrid. Even though Zinedine Zidane's are huge underdogs coming into this match with sportsbookmakers like 888Sport offering a 550% return on a Madrid win, there are still plenty of reasons why we believe the Merengues can pull it off.
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#1 It's payback time!
The 0-4 loss inflicted by Barça at the Bernabéu last October is still very present in everyone's mind. If Barcelona somehow manages to repeat the same result this time at the Camp Nou, bookmakers are prepared to reward their clients with a payoff 22 times higher their initial bet! However, Real Madrid needs to get their pride back and bring home a positive result to redeem with their fans. For Madrid, it's more about honour than anything else.
#2 The Zidane factor
The French manager was put in charge of Real Madrid's first team in the early days of January and even though he already suffered a few upsets in his short journey thus far, it also seems evident to everyone that there's been a significant improvement from the Rafael Benítez's days. It's going to be Zidane's first Clasico as a coach and he more than anyone else certainly wants to make it a memorable game.
#3 The BBC effect
Barcelona's Messi, Suárez and Neymar might be in great form this season, but if there's any other attacking trio in world football today who can outshine the MSN, that has to be Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo (the BBC). These three didn't have the chance to play together on many occasions this season, but they're all fit for next Saturday and that can only be good news for Madrid.
#4 No pressure
Even though this might be a reason that can be used for both teams, we believe it may play a bigger factor in Real Madrid players' minds rather than in Barcelona's. We've seen the Merengues failing to deliver in more than 1 game this season where pressure had piled up on their shoulders and this time around, that surely can't be used as an excuse.
#5 The Champions League mindset
We may not have a direct switch to turn on and off a particular mindset, but if Zidane manages to motivate and prepare his players to this Clasico with the same mindset they have been approaching their European fixtures, Real Madrid will have better chances to come out on top against such a strong Barça side as this one.
#6 Fresher legs
Looking strictly to the front-three men from Barcelona and Real Madrid, there's one side who will clearly benefit from more fresher legs. While in Madrid both Bale and Benzema didn't even have to join their national teams during this international break and Ronaldo was sparred the final 30 minutes against Belgium, in Barcelona their main stars were quite busy over this period. Messi and Suárez completed their nations' two games in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and Neymar also played the whole 90 minutes in Brazil's 2-2 draw against Uruguay. Let's see how this turns out to affect the fitness levels of these key players...
The Portuguese superstar has been going through a few highs and lows this season. No one even questions that... Lately however, he has been showing very positive signs on the pitch, scoring multiple goals similar to the ones he used to net in his good old days. As long as he plays, we can always expect Ronaldo to score for Real Madrid and the odds for CR7 to score first against Barça are currently priced at 7.00. Make no doubt about it, Ronaldo will be Real Madrid's main threat to surprise Barcelona this Saturday evening.
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid kick-off time (02-04-2016):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:30
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 01:30
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:00
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:30
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:30
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 17:30
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 16:30
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 13:30