Barcelona V Real Madrid Match Preview
After being crowned the champions of La Liga, Barcelona are all set to take on their arch rivals Real Madrid in an El Classico clash at Camp Nou. During their last meeting at Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid were thrashed by the visitors by a three goal margin. So, this would be a fierce battle as Real Madrid need to win this game for their fans and to seek the revenge. While Barcelona are in a joyful mindset after winning the title and Copa Del Rey with four games left in La Liga. Los Blancos have not been as dominating as in Champions League and hence Zidane would try to grab this opportunity to climb up from the third spot in the league standings.
However Zidane and his men will look for a win against their rivals to end their title celebrations and also to finish the season on a high note. Zidane should be careful in selection as he woould face a tough English side at the Champions League Finale while Valverde has nothing to lose with winning the title and four games to end their league campaign. With no doubt this El Classico will be a cracker of a contest.
●WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH:
•Venue: Camp Nou
•Date and Time: Sunday, May 06, 2018 14:45 EST and Monday, May 07, 2018 at 12:15 IST.
•TV BROADCAST: Sony Ten Network, Sky Sports Football.
Iniesta is expected to play his last El Classico game for Barcelona in spite of the calf issues. Sergio and Ivan Rakitic alongside Iniesta is expected to boss the midfield while Coutinho, Luis and Messi to lead the attack for the Catalans. Zidane is also expected to field a strong XI with Ronaldo, Benzema upfront. Dani Carvajal and Varane might not start at the back for Real Madrid due to injuries. While Lucas Vazquez or Hakimi might start in place of Dani.
●PROBABLE STARTING XI:
Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba;
Coutinho, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta;
Nacho,Vazquez, Ramos, Marcelo;
Kroos, Casemiro, Modric;
Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Welcoming Madrid to Camp Nou, Barcelona will rest safe in the knowledge that they have won 26 of their last 28 home matches and have been winning at both half time and full time in 22 of those contests. The club will be planning the best of celebrations for Andres Iniesta, who recently announced that he will be departing the club, potentially for China, after 22 years in Catalonia. Should the playmaker start for the hosts, it will surely be his last Clasico in a Barcelona shirt. Barcelona’s shameful exit in the Champions League will likely scar Valverde for months to come, but the coach will be itching to cap off an impressive first term in charge by finishing as unbeaten La Liga champions.
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With four games remaining, Madrid sit in third position in the standings and are now battling to overhaul city rivals Atletico Madrid in order to claim a second-place finish come the end of the month. As things stand, Diego Simeone’s men hold a four-point lead over Real, but Zidane’s charges do have a game in hand over Los Colchoneros. Added to the chase, Madrid will also revel in the opportunity to thwart Barcelona’s pursuit of an unbeaten championship win by claiming victory on Sunday. Madrid’s focus will quite likely be veering towards another historic accomplishment in Europe.
•Recent form: WWDWDW
•Recent form (all competitions): LWDWWD
●HEAD TO HEAD:
Barcelona were victorious in their last meeting against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu. Aleix Vidal, Messi and Suarez found the net as Catalans won the competition by 0-3 and celebrated their Christmas. Across the last five competitive meetings between the teams, both sides have won two and drawn once.
The Catalan giants haven’t tasted defeat in this league and will like to continue with the same with Leo Messi’s help. Zidane and his men will be happy to ruin their rivals celebrations of winning the title. Having played 34 games and nothing to loose, Catalans will try to continue their league campaign without facing a defeat which no other Spanish club have done it so far.
Apart from this Guard of Honor is one of the hot news swirling around. This is due to which Barcelona refused to do for Real Madrid who came from winning Club World Cup in December. Speaking of which Valverde told the press that he won’t give much importance to that. With these things on one side, 90mins on the pitch will be an exciting one for the entire footballing fans for sure.
FC BARCELONA 2-2 REAL MADRID