The mother of battles in Spain or in a word the “clasico”. THE Barcelona welcomes her Real Madrid at the “Camp Nou” for the 26th matchday, in a key derby that may decide from now on, essentially, the title of the champion.
Because home team Barcelona continues to lead the standings, at +9 from second placed Real Madrid. Somehow, if the “Blaugrana” win they will shoot the difference to +12 and it will look too difficult to lose the title, while a draw will not be a bad result for them. On the contrary, this game is a must win for the “meringues” if they want to find themselves at -6 and set fire to the final stretch of La Liga.
In this season, Barcelona has only 2 defeats in 25 matches, also having 21 wins and 2 draws. In fact, he has only conceded 8 goals, having kept 19 clean sheets so far! On the other side, Real Madrid already have eight losses so far in the league, counting 5 draws and 3 defeats, while they also have 17 wins. He has scored 50 goals, three more than the Catalans, but he has also conceded 19, while he comes from qualifying against Liverpool and is in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The two teams will compete for the 186th time in the league! Barcelona has 73 wins, Real 77 and draws are 35, while the goals are 296-298. At Camp Nou, the Catalans have the lion’s share, counting 50 wins, while Madrid have 22 and another 20 matches have ended in draws. In the last three matches in Barcelona, however, Real Madrid remains unbeaten with two wins and one draw.
In pure racing, o Pedri does not catch the match and will not be available due to the injury he is dealing with in the thigh, while o Dembele is also out with a muscle problem for the hosts. On the part of the guests, Mr Alabama will be absent due to injury, while o Benzema it seems that he has overcome the discomfort in his ankle and will attend normally.
The referee of the match is Ricardo de Burgos Bengocea. He refereed Barcelona’s recent 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, while he refereed the 2017/18 Super Cup when Madrid beat the Catalans by the same scoreline.
Barcelona (Xavi): Ter Stegen – Araujo, Conte, Christensen, Balde – Busquets, Gavi, De Jong – Rafinha, Lewandowski, Torres.
Real Madrid (Ancelotti): Courtois – Carvajal, Riedinger, Militao, Nacho – Kamavinga, Kroos, Modric – Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.
Source: Sport Fm
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