Real Madrid vs Barcelona predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s Clásico in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the two giants of Spanish football lock horns again at the Bernabéu.
by Mark Sochon – @marksoc1 on twitter
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Preview
This Sunday sees the second Clásico of the season and while it may not be quite a title decider, the outcome will have a big impact on who wins La Liga this season. Barcelona have a two point advantage at the top and victory for the Catalans would really put them firmly in the box-seat with just twelve games to go after this one.
There’s now a fear in the Real Madrid camp that history might just be repeating itself. After all, it’s 12 months ago this very week that Los Blancos lost three matches in seven days in three different competitions to effectively end their season early. Two of those defeats were inflicted by eternal rivals Barcelona at Camp Nou.
One year on and they head into this match having lost back to back games following a shock defeat to Levante last weekend prior to a late Champions League loss against Manchester City. Zinedine Zidane really needs his team to dig deep and find a performance here but they aren’t helped by a fresh injury to Eden Hazard nor the suspension of Rodrygo who saw red in a B team game last weekend to rule him out of this match.
As for Barcelona, they have grown to relish coming to this ground with victories on 5 of their last 6 league trips to the Bernabéu. Never before in the long history of this fixture have they enjoyed such dominance in the backyard of their eternal rivals. However they will have to manage here without the injured Luis Suarez, who has been the scourge of Real Madrid in recent years.
The Catalans haven’t been convincing this season but the outlook is looking a bit brighter now after four straight league wins and a decent Champions League result if not performance in the shape of a 1-1 draw at Napoli in midweek. Aside from the long-term absentees, Barcelona are missing Sergi Roberto here while Jordi Alba remains a major doubt so Junior Firpo should retain his place at left-back.
Read more – LLE on the Road at the Clásico
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona enjoyed a terrific record on this ground but it’s a little bit harder to see the Catalans coming here and sweeping Madrid aside again this season. They still don’t really convince on their travels and even Leo Messi was out of sorts in Naples in the week.
Real Madrid start as favourites and they may have the better of the game but they just lack the firepower right now to really make Barcelona pay and a repeat of December’s draw at Camp Nou could be the outcome.
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Barcelona Wins, 3 Draws.
- The sides drew 0-0 at Camp Nou in December in the last meeting.
- Barcelona have won to nil on their last 3 trips to the Bernabeu.
- Real Madrid haven’t beaten Barcelona since they won both legs of the 2017 Supercopa.
Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid Team:
Courtois – Mendy, Varane, Ramos, Carvajal – Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos – Isco – Vinicius, Benzema (4-3-1-2)
Ter Stegen – Firpo, Umtiti, Pique, Semedo – De Jong, Busquets, Arthur – Vidal – Messi, Griezmann (4-3-1-2)