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Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. ET
Yet there is no other match in world football this weekend more fascinating and compelling than that of Real Madrid and Barcelona—especially given all that's taken place of late.
Barca had dominated the entire domestic and international season up until three weeks ago, whilst Madrid struggled for inconsistency and clinical finishing. Yet, in the past three weeks, the roles have seemingly switched, with Los Blancos the clear team to catch in this match.
The Catalan club were stunned 2-0 at the San Siro by AC Milan in the Champions League and were then embarrassed 3-1 at home by Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday. Lionel Messi went scoreless and without a shot on goal in both of those matches—somewhat incredibly—and the Blaugrana now travel to the Bernabeu under a mountain of pressure and expectation to perform.
Madrid will be flying for this fixture, but given all that Barca have achieved this year, it's hard to rule them out completely. I think they might stun the visitors with an early goal, but given the current form, self-belief and dynamic counterattack that Jose Mourinho's side have at the moment, they'll end up being too good for their visitors here.
Another El Clasico victory will fall the way of Madrid, who will have ultimate bragging rights over their rivals in 2013 despite the current domestic standings.
Prediction: Real Madrid 2, Barcelona 1
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