Barcelona vs. Real Madrid aka El Classico: The biggest competition is here. El Classico, it’s the most anticipated match between the two biggest club in the football. Barcelona is all set to host Real Madrid at Camp Nou on December 3, 2016. This is going to be a battle for the supremacy (Messi VS Ronaldo). Zidane’s boys will trip to the home of the Catalan’s after securing victory against Sporting Gijon while Luis Enrique’s side won’t be in the pleasant mood after drawing against Real Sociedad.
Barca started 2016-17 season well, but they lost some matches in the middle and ranked 2nd in the table with six points difference from the table topper Los Blancos at present.
It will be an important game for both teams as they will want to set the pace to become La Liga Champion before the winter break. Real Madrid has been unbeaten so far, drawn 3 and won 10 matches. You can’t miss the clash between Argentine Lionel Messi and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo at the Nou Camp on the upcoming Saturday.
Messi VS. Ronaldo? Yes. Who is better on the field? There’s so much at stake on this mega-derby match. Messi started the season and performed splendidly well in the World Cup Qualifiers. On the other side, Ronaldo started slow but picked up gradually and smashed five goals in the last La Liga fixtures.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid : Team News
Barcelona will be playing with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as they are all fit to play on Saturday. Captain Andres Iniesta suffered knee ligament injury against Valencia and so ruled out six to eight weeks. He is coming back for training. The coach may not let the veteran Spanish Maestro play ninety minutes football on the upcoming crucial game.
Turkish international Arda Turan, couldn’t play the last match against Sociedad due to fever. He is fit to play the next match while defender Samuel Umtiti is going to miss Enrique due to a hamstring injury.
Real Madrid is out if luck when it’s a matter of injury concerns on the key players. Gareth Bale won’t be able to play at least four months as he suffered a traumatic dislocation of the perineal tendons against Sporting Lisbon in the last match of the Championship League.
The German midfielder, Toni kroos is also unfit as he had broken metatarsal against Leganes, a while ago. Things are not looking good for Los Blancos as the substitute Alvaro Morata could be unfit for the next match along with the defensive midfielder Casemiro, who was out for some time. Would he get a place to the starting line up? It’ll depend on the Real Madrid’s manager.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid : Match Details
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Date: December 3
Time: (16:15 CET), 20:45 (IST)
Referee: Carlos Clos Goméz
Barcelona vs Real Madrid : Predicted Starting Lineup
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Navas; Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal; Modric, Kovacic, Isco; Lucas, Ronaldo, Benzema
Barcelona vs Real Madrid : Match Predictions
Barcelona VS Real Madrid, El Classico is the most watched game around the world. It’s a fight between the two best team in the modern football. It’s quite hard to predict perfectly. However, Even though Madrid has been unbeaten but they are up against the most dangerous MSN (Messi – Luis Suarez – Neymar) attacking trio while Madrid will miss the absence of Bale in the wing due to a recent injury. I think that the Catalans will win emphatically with 3-2 score line against Real Madrid on December 3rd at Camp Nou.