Real Madrid vs Barcelona match preview and predictions for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of the big Clasico clash.
|Date||Saturday 10th April 2021|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Stadium||Alfredo Di Stefano|
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Preview
It’s Clasico day in LaLiga on Saturday and it promises to be a fascinating evening at the Alfredo Di Stefano. The underwhelming venue will certainly feel somewhat strange for a game of this magnitude but the stakes couldn’t be much higher with both Real Madrid and Barcelona back in the title race thanks to Atleti’s recent demise.
Real Madrid are perhaps at a slight disadvantage in that they had a big Champions League game in midweek. However the dominance which they managed to exert against English champions Liverpool can only breed confidence. They were far superior to the Premier League side, particularly in the 1st Half and earned a 3-1 win with Vinicius starring with two goals.
Marco Asensio got the other and that will have delighted Zinedine Zidane who was always going to need some of his forward players besides Karim Benzema to stand up and make big contributions. Los Blancos have won their last 3 in LaLiga and while they are down in 3rd place, they have the opportunity to make a huge statement here by defeating and leapfrogging title favourites Barcelona.
While they are 2nd, Barcelona’s destiny is now in their own hands given they also have to welcome Atleti, who lead by a point, to Camp Nou. They have been the most impressive team in Spain since the turn of the year and have dropped just 2 points in their last 14 league games. They have now scored 17 more league goals than the two Madrid clubs have managed and will be hoping their extra firepower will be too hot for a makeshift Real Madrid defence to handle.
We can certainly expect a different kind of match to Barca’s last outing – a 1-0 home win against Real Valladolid. They were frustrated for 90 minutes by Sergio’s side until Ousmane Dembele popped up with a late winner after Real Valladolid had been somewhat controversially reduced to 10 men.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Real Madrid Wins, 2 Barcelona Wins, 2 Draws.
- Real Madrid won 3-1 at Camp Nou in the reverse fixture earlier this term.
- They also won this fixture 2-0 last season but Barcelona had won on their previous 3 visits to Madrid by an aggregate score of 7-0.
- This will be the first Clasico played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Sergio Ramos is out injured while Madrid are also expecting to be without Raphael Varane after he tested positive for COVID-19. Dani Carvajal is also unlikely to feature.
Barcelona have no fresh injuries and have included Gerard Pique in the squad for the Clasico.
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:
Courtois – Mendy, Nacho, Militao, Vazquez – Kroos, Casemiro, Modric – Vini, Benzema, Asensio (4-3-3)
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – De Jong, Lenglet, Pique – Alba, Pedri, Busquets, Dest – Dembele, Messi, Griezmann (3-4-3)
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Predictions
LaLiga Expert Predicts: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona (follow us on Tipstrr to view our betting tips)
Real Madrid’s ability to do it in the big games this season may just give them a slight edge in what is one of the toughest Clasicos to call in recent memory. If Barcelona can get Messi enough of the ball, then he certainly could make this Madrid defence pay but overall Real Madrid’s experienced midfield trio is capable of taking charge in the middle of the park and a bit like Liverpool in midweek, Barca may struggle with the strange experience of playing a huge game at what is effectively a training ground.