The El Classico is here! Barcelona takes on Real Madrid in this Season’s first El Classico at the Camp Nou. It’s safe to say that 7th Placed Real Madrid are desperate for a win while Barcelona sit on top of the La Liga Table.
Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui will be under the pump as his team face League Leaders Barcelona in a high stakes encounter at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid are in abysmal form, languishing at 7th place in the League standings. The Los Blancos are finding it extremely hard to find the back of the net and the team is going through a Goal drought of some sort. It’s clear that the Spanish Giants miss former Talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and speaking of Talisman, Barcelona are without theirs as well. Lionel Messi is out with a Fractured arm.
Who will win this duel in #ElClasico? 🤔
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 26, 2018
Ernesto Valverde’s side will definitely go into this game as favourites considering Madrid’s bad form. Even without Lionel Messi Barca should be confident of getting a result.
Team news Barcelona:
Barca are going into this game without Lionel Messi who is sidelined with a fractured arm and could be out for up to 3 weeks. Messi suffered the injury against Sevilla after already contributing with a Goal and an assist. Valverde will also be without Samuel Umtiti who is sidelined with a knee injury and Thomas Vermaelen who is out with a hamstring injury. Barca will be hoping to take advantage of Real’s vulnerabilities despite their injury setbacks.
Predicted XI: Ter Stegen, Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto, Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Suarez, Rafinha
Team news Real Madrid:
Dani Carvajal is still sidelined with a Calf Injury and the Spanish Right-back will most likely be replaced by Compatriot Nacho Fernandez. Young Brazilian Vinicius Jr. has been turning some heads in the Youth level but has been suspended and was sent off against Celta B. Ronaldo will be missed dearly and the fans will be hoping the likes of Bale, Benzema, Modric, and Isco will step up to the occasion and pull their team out of trouble.
Predicted XI: Courtois, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Benzema, Bale
Key Players for Barcelona: Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho for Barcelona in LaLiga and the Champions League this season:
👕 9 games
⚽️ 3 goals
🅰️ 2 assists
His first ever Champions league goal for Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/e5BOgpDXH9
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 3, 2018
The Brazilian has been sensational for Barcelona and in his first Full Season for the Catalan Giants and Valverde will be banking on the Brazilian in Messi’s absence.
Key Players for Real Madrid- Gareth Bale
Bring on the Clásico! ✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/ewGcNQ76Hx
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) October 26, 2018
Gareth Bale has been underwhelming this Season and The Madrid fans will be expecting a lot from their Record Signing. The lightning-fast Welshman will be looking to get the better of Jordi Alba.