Barcelona vs Real Madrid 10/26/2013 Free Spanish Primera Division Pick and Preview
Barcelona (8-1-0) Real Madrid (7-1-1)
Saturday 26th October 2013 17:00 (GMT)
The Line: Barcelona 3/4 Draw 14/5 Real Madrid 10/3 See the Latest Odds
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On Saturday the worlds most expensive player GarethBale will get his first taste of El Classico, more than likely Bale will start on teh bench as Carlo Ancelotti slowly works the welsh wonder back into the Real Madrid side. Cristiano Ronaldo will be the key as usual for Real and he will be helped by Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric and possibly Bale. Real Madrid have not been very impressive this year thus far and personally I think the sale of Mezut Ozil has hurt the team alot more than maybe the manager and backroom team thought it would. Di Maria though is in spectacular form and has been providing alot of support to Ronaldo up front, with Benzema and him linking spectacularly in the Champions League a couple of weeks back for a terrific goal scored by Ronaldo. At the back Real have been anything but solid , conceding in nine of the last thirteen games. Sergio Ramos is the team's leader and captain at the moment with club captain Casillas spending more time on the bench than on the field, Ramos is a good player and has curbed his impetusness in recent seasons but he has always had problems curbing his emotions against Barcelona.
Hamstrings, the bane of many a players existance and the reason Lionel Messi has missed a couple of games last year and this year. Messi was back on Tuesday night though and netted a goal in a 1-1 draw in Milan.The little master is a genius and is never found wanting on the big occasion. With Barcelona going out and getting Neymar this summer one would imagine that the team is stronger but the reality is they bought a great player who fits in the system but their biggest problem last season was having no plan B for when plan a failed and Neymar doesnt provide them with that. Again Barcelona are lacking a plan B, although when plan A works 90%of the time then maybe you dont need a plan B. Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas are charged with providing the inspiration from midfield and the Spanish trio are as good as anyone at maintaining possession and finding Messi in space.
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Fans of soccer are in for a treat on Saturday , we will have a collection of the greatest players in the world and we are truly blessed to see Ronaldo and Messi playing against each other so often. The only comparison I can make is to say its like getting to see Pele play against Maradona when both were in their prime, such is the talent of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Getting back to the game and I like goals here, I think both will go for it and with so much attacking talent on the field its hard to see this game finishing 1-0. Take over 2.5 goals and follow me on twitter@antonpippo