Barcelona vs Real Madrid
La Liga Gameweek 31
Venue – Camp Nou
Kick off time – 7:30 PM (BST)
Arguably the biggest game of a football season is all set to take place at Camp Nou this weekend as Barcelona host Real Madrid in an enthralling El Clasico clash. Catalans would look to inflict some more pain on their arch nemesis and continue their 39-game winning run.
Barcelona have left every football fan speechless this season with their irresistible front three (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) scoring goals for fun. Their presence will be the key for Barcelona as they are aiming to win sixth La Liga title in last 8 seasons.
As for Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane has taken over at the club from Rafa Benitez but results have not improved significantly for the Los Blancos. Madrid have given away cheap points against easy oppositions so to expect a win against Barcelona may be a hopeful wish for the Real Madrid supporters.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Team News
Barcelona will be without Jeremy Mathieu after a surgery on his torn meniscus. Luis Enrique will also be without Adriano and Sandro Ramires.
Real Madrid have been dealt with a body blow after Raphael Varane has been ruled out of this year’s first El Clasico. Toni Kroos is available after a minor scare while on International duty.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Team Predicted Lineups
Barcelona starting XI – Bravo; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets; Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Real Madrid starting XI – Keylor Navas, Danilo, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Tactical setups
Such has been Barcelona’s brilliance this season that Real Madrid’s star studded squad would have to keep a check on Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and then focus on scoring a goal.
Over the years, we have seen Andres Iniesta control El Clasicos and his crossfield pass to Dani Alves has killed many games for Real Madrid. Zidane might go a bit defensive in this game and fill the midfield with Casemiro to keep an eye on Ivan Rakitic’s brilliance.
Going forward, Real will rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and returning Gareth Bale. The duo will have to keep aside their differences and win the game for Real Madrid. Luka Modric and Karim Benzema have been Madrid’s most underrated players but they will once again be the key for Zidane’s side in his first El Clasico as the manager.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Predition
Camp Nou will be filled with emotion tonight as a tribute to Johan Cruyff will be the bigger agenda than the El Clasico. Perhaps that is where, Real Madrid can pounce on lose Barca players and ensure a positive result for them to kick-on in remaining games of the season.
Predicted scoreline – Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2.
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