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Match Preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

The first El-Clasico of the season is here. Barcelona will host Real Madrid, but the footballing world knows that time has changed. Apart from Benzema and Gareth Bale, the fixture is open for new attackers to create records. 

Barcelona have been having their problems on and off the pitch. Recent wins against Valencia and Dynamo Kyiv will give Barcelona a much-needed boost ahead of this match. 


Real Madrid have been decent this season. Although after their 5-0 win over Shakhter, fans will be expecting a win in this El Clasico against a very fragile Barcelona side. The match will be the first El Clasico in a packed Camp Nou for 2 years.


Kick-off time

15:15 WAT.


Team News

Eric Garcia is back for Barcelona after missing the game with Dynamo Kyiv through suspension. Ronald Araujo, Ousmane Dembélé, Martin Braithwaite and Pedri all miss out through injury.


Jordi Alba is fit to play, while both Ansu Fati and Sergio Agüero will be expected to play some role.

For Real Madrid, Dani Carvajal and Eden Hazard are both back from injury. Manager Carlo Ancelotti is not giving any guarantees they will play.


TIP

1. Carlo Ancelotti has never won at Camp Nou.

2. Sergio Aguero has never won against Real Madrid.

3. Barcelona have lost their last three matches against Real Madrid.

4. Busquet could become the Barcelona with the most victories in the El Classico (20).


Possible XI

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, García, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Gavi; Dest, Memphis, Fati.


Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Nacho, Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius


In focus

Only two points separate Real Madrid in third and Barcelona in eight, a win for Barcelona will see them topple Real.

However, Vinicius Junior is finally showing how potent he can be in front of goal this season. His blossoming partnership with Benzema will be very key for Real Madrid today.


Score Prediction?

Barcelona 1-2 R.Madrid.

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