Get behind the Portuguese! Back Mourinho and Ronaldo (who both have a point to prove) when Madrid host Barcelona in the latest La Liga El Classico!

Spanish eyes will be smiling as there's an assortment of fantastic football when the rivalry  that simmers between Real Madrid and Barcelona bubbles up on Sunday.

There's  a smorgasbord of free styling football to savour and you've got the chance to double your pleasure as the these two Spanish Giants meet up first in La Liga in the Santiago Bernabeu then again four days later in the Copa del Rey final over in Valencia. If you like football you'll love these two.

Cristiano RonaldoA rivalry we can all be proud of.

If you don't know what al the fuss is about; you should know that the rivalry is partially geographical; as Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain, partially due to kudos as these are the two richest, most successful and influential clubs in the Spanish football.

The records speak for themselves; Real Madrid have amassed 73 trophies and Barcelona 70, (Athletic Bilbao comes a poor third with just 32 trophies). There is also a less substantiated (and less relevant) theory that the animosity is partly socio-political, with Real Madrid being viewed as representing Spanish nationalism, and FC Barcelona representing Catalan nationalism. 

A special match for the Special One.

This match has a greater significance than just points and trophies as Real boss Jose Mourinho will be enthusiastic (to say the least) to avenge the pain of his introduction to "El Clasico" (the name of the given to any football match between these sides) which was a eye watering 5-0 humiliation last November. On that occasion Barca ran the show at the Nou Camp with first-half goals from Xavi and Pedro, then a brace from David Villa before a late Jeffren strike, rounded off the match, to make the embarrassment worse Sergio Ramos was red carded for Real.

It's home advantage to Real this time and Jose will expect nothing less than a victory and three points. The La Liga title pretty much out of Madrid's grasp (they are trailing Barca by eight points with just seven games remaining) but a win would give their fans something to get excited about for the rest of the season, not to mention the cachet that goes with an El Classico victory. Jose and Real who are on a three-game winning run since their shocking loss at home to Sporting Gijon. (Mouthing's first home loss in NINE YEARS!) 

Glory Glory Barcelona.

Leo MessiBarcelona will hardly be losing any sleep as they are still living up to their (pending) "Best Team in Europe" tag as they are on an 11-match undefeated run - winning 10 - since losing to Arsenal (Champions League last 16) in February. Jose Mourinho has a meaty attacking assembly to pick from with Karim Benzema, Emmanuel Adebayor, Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain all fit and dangerous. Madrid will be missing Lassana Diarra (hip), Pedro Leon (knee) and Fernando Gago (groin). By comparison Barca will be without striker Bojan and defender Eric Abidal, but Carles Puyol will be able to take to the pitch on Saturday, after recovering from his knee injury. The soccer odds on this match keep floating so check out the SBR forum for the latest and the best odds.

The stats would favour Barcelona, as they have won their last five matches against Madrid, but as Jose (and Sporting Gijon know) nothing lasts forever. Don't bet on a comeback from Real Madrid though, they have only ever won when they've got the opening goal in La Liga this term, however that happens quite a lot. Plus the El Classico is the type of game where they do just that, scorning inside 15 minutes in four of the last six meeting (on home soil).

You may well be tempted to have a bet on the world's most expensive footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo (dos Santos Aveiro), who joined Real Madrid for a record €94million (that's $136million) in the summer of 2009, getting a gaol. It may seem odd but the player (on paid £11 million per year ) who has racked up over 200 goals in a career (and managed to beat Heurelho "Safe Hands" Gomez at White Hart Lane on Wednesday) is still searching for his first strike against the Catalans.

Look to the young man who (legend has it was named after former U.S. president Ronald Reagan; his father's favourite actor) to play with vigour and guile that his price tag dictates. Victor Chandler has Cristiano Ronaldo at 23/20 to get a goal at any time, 17/4 to score first (and the same for last), 5/1 to score two and 20/1 to score a hat-trick. 

Full match narrative.

There really is a wealth of bets out there with the Sportsbooks, for example Victor Chandler have 97 different bets for your gambling pleasure,  so don't be afraid of spreading your cash around, I'm backing a home win (+175) Madrid to win both halves (+333) Madrid be the first to score (+100) the game to go over 2.5 goals (-143) Ronaldo to be the first to score (+100) and the correct score (see below) or you can follow the bookies and go for an away win at +140.all odds provided by Bodog

Prediction: 2-1 to Real (+900).