El Clasico predictions

This week's edition of the grudge match also looks set to be a title decider, with Barca currently one point clear of Madrid at the top of the La Liga standings. Next best is Valencia who are four points behind Madrid and have played an additional game.

We've put our necks on the line and picked who we think will come out on top and how it will all unfold…

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James Ho: 

Much of the talk heading into a Clasico normally centres around Messi and Ronaldo, but I think that this time around it will be the supporting cast who could make the difference. Both teams are packed with quality, but Barcelona are in better form and playing on home soil they will have the edge.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid

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Virgil Maia: 

Barcelona head into this clash in red-hot form, having steadied the ship following an indifferent start to the La Liga campaign. Lionel Messi appears to have returned to the high level of performances we are all used to, his upturn in form coinciding with Luis Suarez’s recent purple patch.

In stark contrast, Madrid have suffered an alarming slump in form, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in particular coming in for some stern criticism. However, it is possible that Real’s recent poor form will have no real bearing on the result due to the fierce nature of the derby.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid

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Barend Prins:

After Jose Enrique made a difficult start to his tenure at Barcelona, the Catalans seem to be firing at all cylinders once again. 

Almost exactly the opposite is true of Madrid, who started the season seemingly in top form but has fallen away a touch recently. As ridiculous as it sounds, Carlo Ancelotti is already rumoured to be on his way out of the Bernebeu.

With that in mind, and since this weekend's clash takes place in Catalonia, Barcelona should have too much firepower for their great rivals this time around.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Real Madrid

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Isaac Chia:

Form often goes out the window when it comes to Clasicos, and because of this Madrid are as dead and buried as many think.

Ronaldo has been criticised at times this season while Gareth Bale has come in for a lot of stick of late. With Modric and Ramos back Madrid are a much better side. I have a sneaky feeling Madrid will get at least a point out of this one.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid

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Rob Fleming:

This is a tough call as you have two of the beat sides in world football up against each other, who are first and second in the La Liga standings.

Then you have the two best players on the planet up against each other with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on opposing teams; it is almost like a fairy tale.

The difference between the two sides is where the match is being played, a home venue would benefit each side and in this case it's Barcelona who are playing at home. In the last four matches in Barcelona between the two, the home side has won two, drawn one and lost just one.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

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Julia Harris:

It feels like it has to be Barcelona, but strangely that makes me think Madrid may engineer a surprise! It's going to be tight and you can be sure that neither side will go down without a fight.

Madrid will have Modric available which is a bit boost, while Ramos also returns to the fray. Ronaldo could be waiting for a big stage like this to once again underline his brilliance.

However, Barcelona just look too good at the moment not to win this one. It's going to be end-to-end attacking and no doubt a cracking encounter for the neutral, but it's the Barca fans who will be smiling at the end.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid

Have we got it right? Who do you think will win Sunday's Clasico? Let us know what you think…

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