Barcelona have drawn their last two La Liga games, stuttering to a 0-0 draw with nine-man Malaga, before going on to snatch an equaliser to earn a point against Real Sociedad.
The hosts have been unbeaten in their last four matches at Camp Nou, but only one of their wins was in any way convincing, meaning that this is the perfect opportunity for Real Madrid to try their luck.
Real Madrid are unbeaten away from home in La Liga in 2016, and last tasted defeat on the road in a 1-0 loss against Villarreal in mid-December of last year. Naija and Bet
Barcelona – Andres Iniesta should be back in contention to feature for the home side, after a month on the sidelines.
Jordi Alba is carrying both an ankle and a knee problem, but the Spaniard is expected to still be selected ahead of Lucas Digne.
Javier Mascherano may keep his place over Samuel Umtiti at centre-back, with the usual formidable trident set to feature up top.
Real Madrid – Lucas Vazquez will again replace Gareth Bale on the right-hand side of the attack, with Cristiano Ronaldo on the opposite flank.
Mateo Kovacic should be preferred to Casemiro in midfield, as the Croatian is much more up to the rigours of first-team football at present.
Dani Carvajal is expected tp be preferred to Danilo at right-back, with Raphael Varane expected to start in defence over Pepe.
Barcelona have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 10 home matches against Real Madrid in all competitions.
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 25 matches (La Liga).
Barcelona are undefeated in 29 of their last 32 home matches in La Liga.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Real Madrid’s last 6 games (La Liga).
Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 7 away La Liga matches.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 away matches in La Liga.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 away matches against Barcelona in all competitions.
Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches (La Liga).