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EXPERTS PREDICTION: Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero explains why Real Madrid will not be playing at the Santiago Bernabeu when the La Liga season resumes

Graham Hunter (Spanish football journalist, speaking on The Football Show)

Real Madrid have had an enormous problem converting their match superiority not just into goals but match-winning goals. I think they began to look a bit ragged and tired.

Nobody would have wished for this gap and its consequences but I think they will come back sharper and stronger. I was speaking to Ruben Baraja, the Valencia legend who is the current Tenerife coach, and he was saying that, in his opinion, the teams who are as close to competitive sharpness as possible won’t just win but win by heavy margins.

Which of Real Madrid and Barcelona will have trained and built up better in a short period of time? I think both of them will dislike playing in games without atmosphere – every top player, when you’re playing away and rival fans are taunting you, rises to the occasion. It’s going to be much more about mental toughness.

I think we’ll see a battle right to the end but if Messi is fit and at full gas, I see Barcelona dropping fewer points against the so-called lesser sides. Let’s see – it’s fascinating.

Terry Gibson (Spanish football pundit)

It’s difficult to predict who is going to win the title but I’m going to go for Barcelona for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Luis Suarez is fit again after being expected to miss the entire season and it’s going to be interesting to see his recovery after his knee operation as it has been something he has been struggling with for a few seasons now. If fit and sharp he could be decisive.

Real Madrid do also have two players back who were also expected to miss the rest of the campaign in Hazard and Asensio but Suarez has the potential to score more than the two of those put together in the last 11 games. Secondly, I believe the fact that Real Madrid playing their games at the Valdebebas training centre in a 6,000 capacity stadium will hinder them.

I understand that nobody will be in the stadiums anyway but even playing in an empty Nou Camp will still intimidate opposing teams. Can you imagine how big that pitch and bowl of a stadium will look and feel even empty compared to the Di Stefano stadium with two small stands, I worry it will have a training game feel for both sets of players involved in games there.

David Garrido (Sky Sports News Presenter and La Liga Expert)

The unprecedented situation we find ourselves in may well throw up a few more curveballs, especially with significant players back from injury and matches behind closed doors but it’s set to be a fascinating run-in.

What is crucial though is that Madrid have got the better head-to-head record with Barca, having drawn the first Clasico back in December and won the return fixture. For my money, Real Madrid deserve the title on how they’ve done so far and they should do it.

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