Saturday’s El Clasico will be crucial in indicating which of the sides will finish higher in this season’s La Liga table and, most likely therefore, be lifting the trophy in May. Currently Barcelona are dominating the Spanish top-flight, and along with Atletico Madrid they are the only remaining unbeaten side. With 13 wins from 16, they have opened up a six-point lead to Atletico; more crucial is the fact that Real are 11 points behind.

Los Blancos do have a game in hand after they took part and won the FIFA Club World Cup – their reward for being the Champions League holders – but they are in danger of not even finishing in the top two. With a last-16 tie in Europe against Paris Saint-Germain on the horizon, failure to win either La Liga or the Champions League could see Zinedine Zidane unceremoniously sacked as manager despite his legendary status at the club.

Madrid’s biggest problem so far has been their inconsistency. As well as finishing second in their Champions League group to Tottenham Hotspur, they have already drawn four and lost two games in the league; in 2016/17 they finished on 93 points having recorded just six and four of the same results respectively.

In La Liga, Barca have won five of the last eight meetings between the sides and would be content to leave the Bernabeu with their unbeaten start intact. As well as their league-leading attacking record of 42 scored, Ernesto Valverde has instilled a defensive discipline that has seen the Catalans concede just seven goals in 15 matches – the same as Atletico.

For the biggest game of the season so far, Tipbet have 103 markets to bet on. Their La Liga odds include season bets, which are shown below, in what is expected to be a battle between Real and Barcelona.

As the home team that desperately need three points as well as a psychological boost, Real are 2.10 in the match winner markets to get three points. This is just ahead of their visitors (3.20), though the quality of both squads means that no outcome would be a surprise. Tipbet also have correct scorer markets; Lionel Messi is the division’s top scorer with 14.

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