ZINEDINE ZIDANE takes part in his first El Clasico as Real Madrid boss tonight with the La Liga title already a distant dream.
Real trail Barcelona by 10 points with eight games left and are playing for pride – and the manager’s future – in the Nou Camp showdown.
Barca dished out a 4-0 hammering at the Bernabeu earlier this season and with attacking trio Messi, Neymar and Suarez back from international duty unscathed I can’t see past another Catalan win.
Real have been awesome at home under ZZ but pretty awful on the road, dropping points at Betis and Malaga and scraping wins at lowly Granada and Las Palmas. Zidane’s side play like a collection of individuals whereas Barca blend a team ethic with their outrageous talent.
There should be goals tonight with Real having scored on their last 10 visits to the Nou Camp and both teams netting in 18 consecutive Clasicos until this season’s one-sided Barca win in Madrid.
Elsewhere in La Liga, second-placed Atletico Madrid should bounce back from defeat at Gijon last time out by winning at home to a Betis side who’ve lost two on the bounce.
Italian leaders and defending champs Juventus can score a couple at home to off-form Empoli and in Belgium I’m taking Mechelen, who’ve lost just one in six, at St Truiden who only avoided the drop by a point and lost the reverse fixture 3-0.
For a both to score line look at Augusburg – seven of their last eight Bundesliga games have seen btts land – at Mainz. Add free-scoring AZ Alkmaar at home to PSV Eindhoven and Lokeren v Charleroi in Belgium, two teams whose recent matches have seen plenty of goals at both ends.
El Clasico Tip
Barcelona to win and btts
Atletico Madrid win
Juventus to score 2+
Mechelen draw no bet
Both Teams to Score Treble
Mainz v Augsburg
AZ v PSV
Lokeren v Charleroi