Real – Barcelona record: It doesn’t get any more balanced
Would you have known Real Madrid and FC Barcelona met 179 times in La Liga and the Primera División, as Spain’s best league is known, both teams won 72 duels, 35 times with a tie. So also in the first leg, which ended 0-0. It was the first goalless draw at Clásico in 17 years. In total, they competed against each other 243 times.
Real, however, is fighting a blatant misery at home, after all, the Madrilenians have not won a duel against Barça in Bernabéu since October 2014. Even worse from the perspective of the capitals: Barcelona won the last five duels at Real – including last year’s semi-final of the Copa del Rey (0-3). The Zinedine Zidane team will do everything possible to finally end this negative series.
The current shape curve
Real is in good shape and deserves to be at the top of La Liga. Since the defeat at RCD Mallorca, the royal have not lost a single championship game, five of the last six games have been won. Most recently, however, they won 2: 2 against Celta Vigo just before the final whistle. Toni Kroos scored a goal and almost 3: 2 in stoppage time.
Due to the small slip Barcelona moved up to one point to Real Madrid, the Catalans just won 2-1 against Getafe. Barcelona has won one more time than Real this season, but has already suffered four defeats (Real first one). Barcelona’s lack of defensive performance is striking. Messi and Co once again represent the league’s strongest attack (57 goals), but the current top 5 teams are the weakest defensive: 29 goals conceded in 24 La Liga games, Marc-André ter Stegen had to do almost twice intervene as often as the colleagues from Real Madrid, Courtois and Areola, in 24 games.
Personnel: Barcelona without Alba, Suárez and Dembélé
Sigh of relief at Real Madrid: Eden Hazard returned to the Vigo squad after a three-month injury break and played for 73 minutes. Apart from the long-term injured Marco Ansensio, Zidane can use his entire star ensemble.
The situation is much more tense for FC Barcelona and coach Quique Setién. The Catalans have to do without Luis Suárez for at least three months. The Uruguayan will probably be out of action for the rest of the season after the surgery on his injured knee. The situation around Ousmane Dembélé, who Barcelona will miss for about half a year after a thigh surgery, is almost daramatic. After the former Dortmund’s retirement, the Barça offensive is virtually on its own: Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati and Antoine Griezmann.
Real – Barça: Live on DAZN
The streaming provider DAZN has secured long-term broadcasting rights to the Spanish La Liga and shows you El Clásico live. You can conveniently watch the livestream via the DAZN app, i.e. via mobile phone, tablet, smart TV or other devices. You can also follow DAZN in the browser: www.dazn.com. Jan Platte is the game’s commentator. Kick-off at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is on Sunday evening at 9 p.m.
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