Header Ads

Laliga : Barcelona Vs Real Madrid Match Preview, Line Up, Live Info

Barcelona Vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid
12.30 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
Camp Nou

Full Time
Man Of The Match - Ter Stegen
Real Madrid
Real Madrid XI:
Courtois; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde; Isco, Bale, Benzema. Subs: Areola, Militao, Nacho, Modric, Jovic, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo.
Barcelona XI:
Ter Stegen, Semedo, Lenglet, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Roberto, De Jong, Griezmann, Suarez, Messi.

Match Preview

Fifty-two days after initially scheduled, the first Clasico of the season takes place on Wednesday night as Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to the Camp Nou.

Only goal difference separates the two sides at the top of the La Liga table, meaning that victory for either would put daylight between them and their greatest rivals as they approach the midway point of the season.

El Clasico is a match that needs no extra hype, but the prolonged wait for the first edition of the season has whetted the appetite even more ahead of Wednesday's showdown.

The script could hardly be more tantalisingly written either, with the two sides level on points at the top of La Liga following the weekend's action and only Barcelona's slightly superior goal difference keeping them as league leaders.

Both clubs will hope that matters on the pitch, rather than the political unrest off it which caused the original fixture to be postponed, make the headlines, and for both teams it is also a chance to get back to winning ways after draws last time out.

Barcelona saw their seven-match winning streak come to an end on a difficult trip to La Anoeta as they drew 2-2 with Real Sociedad, and Real Madrid were unable to capitalise on that slip-up when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Valencia on Sunday.

Los Blancos needed a 95th-minute Karim Benzema goal just to rescue that point and stay level with Barcelona, avoiding what would have been only their second league defeat of the season.

Barcelona, by contrast, have already been beaten three times in the league this season, although only one of those has come since September and they go into Wednesday's match having lost just one of their last 17 across all competitions.

Nonetheless, speculation over Ernesto Valverde's future as manager is a regular feature of the Spanish press, and reports that the club have lined up a return for Pep Guardiola at the end of the season will not have helped matters.

Real Madrid will be coming up against Guardiola and his Manchester City team in the last 16 of the Champions League as they look to re-establish themselves as the kings of Europe, but their status as the best in Spain yet alone the best in the continent has been in question for much of the recent era.

Wednesday's Clasico will be the last of a decade which has seen Madrid win just two La Liga titles compared to Barcelona's haul of seven, and with things so tight at the top of the table this time around it could be these matches which decide who will claim the first of the 2020s.

Rarely in the past 10 years have things been quite so evenly-poised heading into a Clasico, with even Madrid's record of one loss in 17 games being identical to Barcelona's recent form.

It is in the goals column where the most noticeable differences lie; Barcelona have scored 10 more goals than their bitter rivals but also conceded eight more, with Real Madrid boasting the second-best defensive record in the league behind only their notoriously miserly neighbours Atletico Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane's side will have their work cut out to keep Barcelona at bay in front of their own fans, though, with 30 of the home side's 43 league goals this season coming at the Camp Nou.

Indeed, Valverde's side are yet to drop a single point at home in the league this season and have not lost a home game in any competition since November 2018 - a 30-match streak which includes 26 wins.

Only once this term have Barcelona failed to hit at least four goals in a home league game, and their La Liga winning streak at the Camp Nou now stretches to 14 matches.

Madrid's own improvement away from home may have come just in time, then, with Zidane's side having won four and drawn one of their last five outings on the road, having picked up only two victories in 11 before that.

A trip to the Camp Nou is an entirely different proposition than most of their away games, though, and their recent record in this fixture means that a draw would probably be regarded as a satisfactory result for the visitors.

Madrid will round off their year at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday whereas Barcelona host Alaves on Saturday - matches both Clasico participants will expect to win.

It is Wednesday's showdown which may determine who ends Barcelona's decade at the top of the table, then, and should Madrid claim the Clasico bragging rights then it could also hint at a changing of guard back in their favour heading into the 2020s..

Team News And Statistics

        Barcelona have a number of key players listed as out and doubts ahead of El Clasico. Ousmane Dembele is the main loss and is out with a thigh injury, which means he will play no part against Real.

Arthur is also unavailable. He has missed the last three games and would be very fortunate to make it back in time for Wednesday night.

Predicted XI: Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann.

        Real have a number of long-term injury problems as they head into the biggest game of the domestic season so far. Marco Asensio is out and may not play again this season following a knee injury.

Eden Hazard is also unlikely to play again in 2019 following a toe injury and so will not be available to face Barca, likewise, James Rodriguez will also be out until at least the new year.

Lucas Vasquez will not be back in training for around a month after fracturing his toe and Marcelo is still recovering from a calf problem. Ferland Mendy is available again following suspension.

Predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Isco.

Sports Track Score Prediction

Recent  H2H  Matches
PLAYED : 242
WON : 96
LOSS : 95
DRAW : 51
PLAYED : 242
WON : 95
LOSS : 96
DRAW : 51

Recent 6 Matches
WON : 5
LOSS : 0
DRAW : 1
WON : 4
LOSS : 0
DRAW : 2

No comments

Powered by Blogger.