Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Saturday, 10 April 2021
Kick-off: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium (Madrid).
Real Madrid is hosting Barcelona at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in the El Clasico derby of round 30 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Real Madrid is in amazing form, and their Champions League win has only extended their winning streak.
Real has now won their last 5 games in a row, and they have scored 13 goals while doing it. Even without Varane and Ramos on the defensive end, Real has been solid with only 3 conceded goals during this streak. In their midweek match against Liverpool at home, Real Madrid has had 45% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 82% of the correct passes.
With an outstanding performance from Kroos and Vinicius, Real Madrid has won this game 3-1. The biggest plus for Real Madrid is that Benzema is in fantastic goalscoring form, and he is their leading goalscorer with 18 goals. Kroos has added 8 assists. Alongside Ramos and Varane, Carvajal and Hazard are also injured, and they will miss this game.
Real Madrid is now in 3rd place with 63 points, and they are still in the title race, but if they lose this game, I don’t see them in the title competition any longer.
Real is playing great on both ends, but they tend to make mistakes and allow their opponents too much space, which hopefully for them won’t happen here.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Head-to-head
The Los Blancos were victorious in the last two meetings with Barcelona, though they were winless in the previous 7.
Especially at the Bernabeu, they suffered some heavy losses in recent years as the Blaugrana won 5 of the recent 7 while losing the other 2.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 4 of their last 6 meetings, whilst both teams scored in only 1 of the latest 5.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction
The greatest match of them all; played in a 6,000 capacity reserve team stadium.
Real Madrid come into this on the back of a midweek 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League Quarter-Final first leg with the second leg taking place just four days following the Clasico. That European win continues Real’s impressive form across both La Liga and the Champions League.
However, it is a run that doesn’t really compare to Barcelona’s domestic form.
Since their early-December defeat away to Cadiz, Barca have played 19 Liga matches and they have collected 49 points in that time.
The run started with fortune but has since grown into genuinely impressive performances that have balanced relentless ruthlessness with artistic incision. Given that, and Real’s potential European distraction, an away victory could be a good bet for this one.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Team News
The current Spanish champions will be without both first-choice centre-backs with Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane both missing whilst right-back Dani Carvajal is also likely to be still be sidelined, although Eden Hazard could be available.
Barca remain without Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, Sergio Roberto and Philippe Coutinho