Barcelona vs Real Madrid El Clasico preview

Saturday April 02, 2016 20:30pm – Camp Nou

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Barcelona: DWWWW

Real Madrid: WWWWL

The two giants of Spanish football will go head-to-head in La Liga this weekend.

Can Real Madrid reduce the 10-point gap in the league? Or will Barcelona move a step closer to another La Liga title?

Dominant Barca looking to wrap up title

Barcelona will head into this weekend’s El Clasico knowing that a win would almost certainly secure their 24th league crown, and their eighth in the last 12 years. It would also confirm the gulf that has seemingly developed between them and their fierce rivals from the capital.

The Blaugrana are defending a 39-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and a 23-game unbeaten run in the league. When the teams met in the reverse fixture back in November, it was the Catalans who prevailed by a 4-0 score-line.

In their last league game, Luis Enrique’s men squandered a two-goal lead against Villarreal and had to settle for a point at El Madrigal.

They may be hampered by the absence if Andres Iniesta and Sandro, while Sergio Busquets is also a slight doubt.

Real seeking signs of progress

When Real Madrid lost the last meeting between these two sides back it November, it signalled the beginning of the end for former boss Rafa Benitez. If they are similarly humiliated in this game, new Coach Zinedine Zidane could also find himself under pressure.

Since taking over from Benitez, the Frenchman has failed to make any progress in the league, and has actually fallen further behind the leaders. In addition, his side has been overtaken by their city rivals Atletico Madrid. Saturday night will give Los Blancos the chance to prove that they are in fact heading in the right direction under the former playing legend.

In their last league game, they recorded their fourth-straight league win with a 4-0 triumph over sixth-ranked Sevilla.


Real Madrid are in good form but Barca are unbeaten in their last 22 home games in the league, having won 20 and drawn the other two. They have won their last seven home games in a row, scoring 30 goals in the process.

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