Barcelona vs Real Madrid predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as these eternal rivals face off in the first Clasico of 2021/22.
|Date||Sunday 24th October 2021|
|Kick-Off||16:15 (local time)|
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview
Barcelona and Real Madrid clash in the first Clasico of the season this weekend. It’s fair to say this fixture may have lost some of the glitz and glamour with nowhere near as many world class players involved this season as would have been the case a few years ago. However it’s still the Clasico and it’s a chance for the new generations at both clubs to make their mark on the fixture.
With no Messi or Ronaldo involved, this will feel like the start of something of a new era for the biggest game in world football. Barcelona have been the more dominant team in the meetings over the past ten to fifteen years but their recent record in home Clasicos in particular is less impressive and Real Madrid will be hoping to lay down a marker for the season ahead by winning this match.
Even the most fanatical of Barcelona fans won’t be full of confidence heading into this game. The Catalan giants have endured a difficult start to the season and the stronger sides that they’ve faced, have largely exploited and exposed their many flaws.
It has though been a more positive week for Ronald Koeman and his team moving into this match. There was a danger the wheels would really come off when they fell behind inside five minutes against Valencia last weekend but they fought back well with one of their strongest performances of the season in a 3-1 victory. It was a bit more nervy in midweek but they claimed a vital 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev to finally get off the mark in the Champions League.
Real Madrid were also up against Ukrainian opposition in Europe this week. They had a much more comfortable evening, thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in Kiev with Vini Junior continuing his impressive start to the season with a brace. They’ve not had a league fixture since a surprise 2-1 defeat in Barcelona against Espanyol prior to the international break.
Clasicos are always key for any coach of these two teams and Carlo Ancelotti and Ronald Koeman will be all too aware of that. For Ancelotti, victory at Camp Nou would be the clearest indication yet that the decision to bring him back was the right call. For Koeman, victory may not change his overall unpopularity with a lot of Barcelona fans or indeed the current president but it may just buy him some time and there would no longer be any real sense of urgency when it comes to looking for a successor.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Barcelona Wins, 3 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Draw.
- Real Madrid have won all of the last 3 meetings.
- They recorded 3-1 and 2-1 wins over Ronald Koeman’s side last season.
- Barcelona’s last Clasico win was via a 1-0 margin in LaLiga in March 2019 at the Bernabeu.
Pedri, Ronald Araujo and Martin Braithwaite are all out for the hosts.
Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Isco are doubts for Real Madrid who will be without Gareth Bale again.
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Balde, Lenglet, Pique, Roberto – Gavi, Busquets, De Jong – Fati, Depay, Dest (4-3-3)
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:
Courtois – Mendy, Alaba, Militao, Nacho – Casemiro, Kroos, Modric – Vini, Benzema, Rodrygo (4-3-3)
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid
There are usually goals whenever these clubs meet and with neither side in great defensive shape, we should certainly see a few here. Overall though, Real Madrid have been the more convincing side this season and have carried the greater goal threat. Barcelona’s frailties against the better teams over the past eighteen months or more suggests they may come out on the losing side here.