El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played at Campnou this Saturday. Real is one point ahead of the hosts. Both teams lost once and drawn a match this season.
Barcelona is looking to outplay Los Blancos at the home match as they defeated their Champions League group opponents Ferencvaros by 5-1. It has awarded teenage forward sensation Ansu Fati the Player of the Match award for his double contribution. He scored from Frenkie de Jong’s assist and assisted another in the Catalan glory. Messi came out from his False 9 position to open the scoring from the spot-kick. His inaugural goal was accompanied by Fati, Dembele, Pedri, and Coutinho. Beneficial from the victory is the performance of two 17-year-old Spaniards who scored against the Hungarian team.
The challenge that the Barca squad needed to overcome is to repeat the same victory they showed at the European stage, despite the loss in the last La Liga fixture against Getafe. Messi, even when he scored three goals, all came from penalties.
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Neto will extend his stay in Culer’s goal with Ter Stegen is under-recovery. French defender Samuel Umititi is also injured, will not feature against Real.
Griezmann was rested against Ferencvaros in their Champions League opening fixture. He has been struggling with his moderate performance probably will miss the El Clasico. Jordi Alba’s left-back position would be again handled by Segrino Dest.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid got beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk last night during their opening match of the Champions League. The 13 times European Champions failed to score in the first half, but the visitors marked three goals in the first 42 minutes of the match. Raphael Varane contributed a goal in favor of Shakhtar in the form of an own goal. After 34 years Real have lost 3 consecutive matches in the Championship history. Real last shipped three first-half goals in a UEFA Champions League game for the first time since September 2005 against Lyon.
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Captain Sergio Ramos was kept out of the team because of an injury has affected the game. Eden Hazard’s absence was also a great disadvantage for the Whites. Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric scored two second-half goals, this gave the signal of a comeback, anyhow the match ended in favor of the Ukrainian side.
The visitors are more concerned with injury issues, Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola are out of the team. Marcel And Mendy will keep their positions like in the Shakhtar match.
Sergio Ramos will return to lead the game, Hazard and Odegaard need time to recover from the injury, so they won’t travel to Campnou this Saturday.
|Barcelona Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Neto; Sergino Dest, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets; Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann; Lionel Messi.|
|Real Madrid Predicted XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Ferland Mendy; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.|