With neither side looking assured at the back, the first meeting of the season between these two Spanish title rivals should prove an entertaining affair featuring goals at both...
The last time these two sides met in the world's most watched fixture it was Barcelona who held a clear advantage. The Catalans went into the game nine points clear of Real Madrid, and when Gerard Pique headed the hosts ahead, their lead over their eternal rivals was temporarily 12 points.
Yet goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo earned Los Blancos a 2-1 win and set up a thrilling end to the season which saw the title race go down to the final day, with Barca pipping Madrid by a point. Fast forward eight months and the roles have been reversed, with Zinedine Zidane's men six points clear of the Blaugrana at the top of La Liga after an unbeaten start to the league campaign.
While Madrid at times this season have been unconvincing they have managed to pick up points when they have faltered, something Luis Enrique's men have been unable to do. The defending champions have only won two of their last five league games at the Camp Nou and in last Sunday's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad they produced one of their poorest performances in recent memory.
Madrid too were poor last weekend at home to Sporting Gijon but managed to come away with a 2-1 win, a result which ensured that whatever happens in the Clasico, the side from the Spanish capital will remain top.
The European champions have had a relatively successful time of late in their visits to the Camp Nou winning two of their last four matches there and they are offered at 3/1 (4.00) to record another win by bet365 who will be live streaming the game for UK based customers. Barca for their part are priced at 5/6 (1.83) with the draw available at 3/1 (4.00).
It is hard to envisage anything other than a high scoring game with the last goalless draw between these two sides coming in the final of the Copa Del Rey in 2011, a game which was decided in extra time by a Cristiano Ronaldo header. The 21 Clasicos since then have all seen goals and plenty of them, which makes it understandable to see over 2.5 goals offered at just 4/9 (1.44).
Both teams to score is offered at the same price, yet if we combine those two selections the price rises to 4/6 (1.67) and gets more interesting for punters.
Usually those odds would be too low for our purposes but this bet has paid out so often in Clasicos that the price actually looks tempting. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals has proved the correct selection in 17 of the last 19 meetings between these two sides and there is little to make us think that bet will not pay out once more.
Real Madrid have scored in every match they have played this season, yet have kept only four clean sheets, while Barca have conceded in 10 of their 18 competitive fixture this term. There should be plenty of goals once more in the world's biggest game and this selection should prove profitable again.