The El Clasico Preview

Real Madrid vs BarcelonaThis is one game is marked on every football fans calendar. The fierce rivalry between the capital’s Real Madrid and Catalan’s Barcelona always provides special football, intense competition and cut-throat drama.

This Saturday, April 2nd, Real Madrid will visit Barcelona in what could be the last El Clasico of the season (assuming both teams do not meet in the Champions League) and with the title looking out of sight for Madrid, they will surely be looking for bragging rights here.

The adjacent fixture earlier this season saw Barcelona topple Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with Suarez coming out of the game as the hero. Barcelona won 0-4 on their rival’s turf and Suarez managed to bag two goals, with Iniesta and Neymar getting one a piece.

This humiliating result ultimately led to the sack of Spanish veteran manager Rafael Benitez who has returned to the Premier League to take charge of relegation battlers Newcastle United.

Both teams head into the game in great form which is no surprise with the expensive player quality at their disposals. Barcelona are unbeaten in 2016 whilst Real Madrid have accumulated 4 wins in a row, striving for better form since the appointment of legend Zinedine Zidane at the helm. They have only lost one game in 14 under his management so far.

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If history if anything to go by then Barcelona should be in for a good time. In the last 3 El Clasico’s at Camp Nou the result has ended up 2-1 on all three occasions – with Barcelona triumphant in 2 of those.

Also, in the last 6 El Clasico’s, the matches have resulted in a total of 26 goals with Barcelona producing 14 of those compared to Real Madrid’s 10. There is no doubt Real Madrid will have to be very wary of Barcelona’s attacking prowess considering their error prone defensive line which has only been boosted by Zinedine Zidane’s emphasis on attack.

Key players for both teams should be available leading up to the match with no significant injuries or suspensions to worry about. Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos are out with minor injuries however they have been in training over the past few days and should recover in time for the match.

Sandro is Barcelona’s only long term injury whereas Barcelona fan-favourite Iniesta and Rakitic are expected to return to training from their knocks in the next couple of days ready for El Clasico.

The match should be a close affair as always as both teams will look to attack and be poised to win the game however as current form and recent history tells us, Barcelona are more likely to take the bragging rights home this Saturday.

Real Madrid will do very well to keep MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) at bay and nullify their attacking threat. However, Barcelona are no defensive gurus either and will have to always be wary of multiple European Golden Shoe winner Cristiano Ronaldo’s potent goal scoring threat.