Barcelona v Real Madrid : El-Classico La-Liga Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: October 24, 2020, 1:00 pm (4 weeks ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola

Date :Saturday 24th October,2020
Time: 3:00pm
Stadium Camp Nou
Referee Juan Martinez (Spain)

Goal Scorer:
Team News:
Barca will again be without the services of number one goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen due to a knee injury, meaning that Neto will continue between the sticks for Koeman's side.

Samuel Umtiti is again expected to be absent with ongoing knee issues, but Jordi Alba could be back in the XI on Saturday, having trained with his teammates on Thursday as he looks to overcome a hamstring problem.

Whether Koeman feels that there is a risk starting the Spaniard remains to be seen, but the fact that he trained alongside his teammates two days before the game suggests that a return is a huge possibility; a spot on the bench looks to be the likely outcome, though, suggesting that Sergino Dest could again get the nod on the left.

Sergio Busquets is expected to return in midfield, having been named on the bench against Ferencvaros, but Trincao could again keep out Griezmann on the left of the attack.

Trincao was impressive in the European win, and the fact that he was withdrawn in the 63rd minute of the contest suggests that he will be used from the start against Madrid, particularly as Griezmann is still struggling to show his best form.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Dest; De Jong, Busquets; Fati, Coutinho, Trincao; Messi
Barcelona La Liga form: WWDL
Barcelona form (all competitions): WWDLW

Real Madrid
As for the visitors, Hazard, Dani Carvajal and Martin Odegaard are definitely unavailable through injury, while Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola are unlikely to be fit for the contest.

Club captain Ramos trained alone on Thursday as he builds to overcome the knee injury that forced him to miss out against Shakhtar, but the Spaniard is expected to be in the XI on Saturday afternoon.

Vinicius Junior, Toni Kroos and Benzema are all likely to come into the starting side following the Shakhtar clash, while Nacho could get the nod at right-back with Ferland Mendy moving across to left-back.

Zidane does not have too many options for change, though, and Luka Modric and Casemiro should both keep their positions in the middle of the park.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vinicius, Benzema, Asensio
Real Madrid La Liga form: DWWWL
Real Madrid form (all competitions): DWWWLL

Head To Head
Saturday's clash will be the 182nd La Liga meeting between the two teams, and Madrid lead the head-to-head 73 wins to Barca's 72, with the remaining 36 games finishing all square.

In all, it will be the 245th clash between the Spanish giants, and they have incredibly recorded 96 victories each. As mentioned, the pair played out a goalless draw in the corresponding game last season, but Madrid ran out 2-0 winners at the Bernabeu back in March.

Madrid have not beaten Barca at Camp Nou in the league since April 2016, while Barca's last home La Liga victory over their bitter rivals came in October 2018.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Posted: (4 weeks ago) on 24-10-2020 01:00 PM | Hero