The Game of Thrones. Barcelona vs Real Madrid. Preview
Two kingdoms are fighting for the right to rule the country. The house of Blaugrana faces the house of Blancos, and only one of them will come out as a winner in this battle. The chances are equal, the results are unpredictable. One of the sides has the advantage of playing at the home soil while the other team visits Cataluna with a 6 point handicap. They are leaders in the league and are undefeated in 32 matches in a row. The match will be quite tense and complicated as it has always been. Barcelona vs Real Madrid… This headline is enough to express the importance of the clash. To give a deeper picture of the upcoming clash, let’s see in what shape do the teams reach this encounter.
Current situation in La Liga
Luis Enrique’s side is suffering in the national league as they have drawn last two matches and are now 6 points behind the main rival, Real Madrid. Moreover, Sevilla are equal to Barcelona and these teams share the second-third places. Barcelona didn’t manage to win in the Copa del Rey 1/16 finals match against Hercules, either. This run of unsatisfying results is a sign of a problematic situation, and Enrique has to find a solution. His formulas stopped working and he has to develop new ways of overcoming the situation.
It’s just enough to note the fact that Barcelona won only 2 of 6 matches played in November.
|UCL||Manchester City||3 – 1||Barcelona|
|La Liga||Sevilla||1 – 2||Barcelona|
|La Liga||Barcelona||0 – 0||Málaga|
|UCL||Celtic||0 – 2||Barcelona|
|La Liga||Real Sociedad||1 – 1||Barcelona|
|Copa del Rey||Hércules||1 – 1||Barcelona|
On the other hand, Zinedine Zidane’s men are showing consistency and stability. They are the leaders in La Liga with a solid advantage, while their unbeaten run equals to 32 matches including all competitions. Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo is back to his best, as the Portuguese star has finally reached his top level and started to score goals with his usual ratio. He’s netted 8 goals in last 4 La Liga matches, including a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid have played 6 matches in November and won 5 of them.
|UCL||Legia Warszawa||3-3||Real Madrid|
|La Liga||Real Madrid||3-0||Leganes|
|La Liga||Atlético Madrid||0-3||Real Madrid|
|UCL||Sporting CP||1-2||Real Madrid|
|La Liga||Real Madrid||2-1||Sporting Gijon|
|Copa del Rey||Real Madrid||6-1||Cultural Leonesa|
Head to Head
Since the establishment of Liga BBVA, 172 El Clasico meetings have been recorded. Out of these head to head games of El Clasico, Real Madrid have won 72 matches, while Barcelona won 68 times and 32 games were draws. The more recent meeting of these clubs ended with Real Madrid’s victory. Last 5 matches between the rivals didn’t see a draw, which saw Real Madrid as winners on three occasions and Barcelona twice.
|FC Barcelona – Real Madrid||1 : 2|
|Real Madrid – FC Barcelona||0 : 4|
|FC Barcelona – Real Madrid||2 : 1|
|Real Madrid – FC Barcelona||3 : 1|
|Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona||3 : 4|
Jeremy Mathieu will surely miss the clash with Jordy Alba being a doubt for the game. On the other hand, Andres Iniesta is back from injury and can make an appearance. However, it’s still a big doubt whether Luis Enrique will risk to place him in the starting lineup or not. Denis Suarez has higher chances of starting against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid will miss some important players like Toni Kroos, Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale, who are all injured and will have to be sidelined for quite a long time. However, the positive news for Zizou is that Casemiro has finally recovered and took part in the cup game against Leonesa and seemed ready to face Barcelona.
|Barcelona – 1.81||Draw – 4.19||Real Madrid – 3.78|
|1X – 1.26||12 – 1.23||X2 – 1.95|
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