Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(100) 58 Goals 84 (112)
(69) 33 Assists 66 (91)
(6.9) 7.1 Average Ratings 7.2 (7)
29.8 Average Age 28.9
184 Average Height (cm) 176.5
(1.3) 1.6 Shots pg 1.2 (0.9)
(58%) 54% Aerial Duel Success 45% (48%)
(0.7) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.9 (1)
(1.3) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Iker Casillas Out 6.58
Ángel Di María Out 6.92
Player Reason Status Rating
Xavi Out 7.18

Team News

  • Real Madrid made a statement on Tuesday evening with the 3-1 victory over Barça and they will be hoping lightning strikes twice with another whirlwind away performance in Manchester the following week, so this match is not really their priority.
  • Don't be surprised if José Mourinho makes as many as ten changes, as the upcoming Champions League match could well define his tenure in the capital, and the only survivor may be goalkeeper Diego López.
  • Michael Essien, Kaká, Marcelo, José Callejon, Ricardo Carvalho, Luka Modrić and Pepe are all likely to get run outs, though Cristiano Ronaldo may feature for an hour or so.
  • Coming so soon after the defeat at San Siro, the loss to Madrid was a huge blow for Jordi Roura's team, with the players looking short of answers in big games right now.
  • Barça are less likely to make wholesale changes with their own Champions League match another ten days away, and they may want to avoid any slip-ups here with the league title potentially their only route to silverware.
  • One change which can be preempted is the return of goalkeeper Víctor Valdés, as José Manuel Pinto is the recognised Copa del Rey number 1.
  • Xavi has been ruled out for 10-15 days with a hamstring injury, and faces a race to be fit for the Milan game.

Prediction

  • This is perhaps the most watered down version of the Clásico in recent times due to the gap between the two sides in the table and with more important European commitments approaching.
  • The Catalans don't have a match in midweek, so will be out to redeem themselves after a heavy defeat.
  • Madrid have fantastic home form, however, José Mourinho's time at the club will be viewed in a very different light should they negotiate themselves past Manchester United on Tuesday night.
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Comments (18)

 
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  • Falselona are the most defensive team in Europe, and nobody says that, they keep possession on their own half, making boring passes between xavi-pique, busquets-mascherano, etc in the end people say they had 70 percent of possession, but they had 0 shots against Milan,3 shots last week, and 2 shots today

  • What's changed now? Real Madrid defensive line is really high but really close with midfielders...now wingers and LB/RB do not follow Barça players movement beyond the defensive line. But that's not all...Real Madrid press Pique and Busquets really up, blocking Barça's clean pass between Madrid's Def Midfielders. On the other side, Barça do not use wing-play attack very often, even when there's a gap for a good run, so all ends up at the centre of the pitch. Also, both Barça fullbacks go too high at the same time, allowing Madrid's counter-attack be a real threat. Lastly, Barça possesion game used to work because of quick centerbacks, and there's clearly a flop in form.

  • formation here is wrong. Essien is right back. Centre back is ramos and varane and pepe is defensive midfield.

  • shame that barca lost against real madrid bench..

  • poor barca..dint paying reff this match..got too many card..nice 1 madrid..

  • Now that its 2-1 for Madrid were about to witness a desperate diving Barcelona.

  • Shame he didn't score that 1 on 1

  • morata had to score that..

  • morata is the best player in the game so far

  • lol morata is killing barca on the counter

  • FC Barcelona's starting line-up: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio, Thiago, Iniesta, Villa, Messi and Pedro. Line-up Real Madrid (official): DiegoLopez - Ramos - Varane - Pepe - Coentrao - Modric - Kaka - Essien - Callejon - Morata - Benzema P.S. 2-1 for Barcelona !

  • At the odds real are a great bet,they will still put out a strong team,beside that once Ronald starts the counter attack has proven to totally dismantle Barcelona and that tactic alone can win the game for Madrid,for barca villa must start,and they must start making runs in behind reals defense and stop waiting for messi to pull off some magic,he has been nullified in recent weeks and with barcelona midfield getting closed down rapidly he is dropping too deep to influence the game in attack,for the amount of possession barca had against Milan and real the shoots on goal is very worrying,and rouras inexperience to identify problems and rectify them inplay is a major problem(through no fault of his own),and the understanding between fab and inesta needs some hands on work, although fab will most likely take up xavi role,all in all i find it hard to see a Barcelona win here unless there is some changes big changes in personnel and tactics,they must get in behind reals defense

  • Arbeloa will be the right defender as Ramos will play right with manchester . also Benzema will definitely play against manchester so he will not be in the starting 11 probably Morata . My prediction : 1-1 as the last el classico with Real playing with the reserves

  • Carvalho in 1st squad? RLY? Don't think so...

  • Barca will take revenge from last game!!!

  • barcelona wil win .

  • Messi will score his 39 and 40 th goal for the laliga and he will give one assist there for 3 - 0 for fcbarcelona.

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