The Catalan giants picked up a memorable win at Santiago Bernabeu earlier this season and Zinedine Zidane will be looking to return the favour this time. It is the first Clasico for the Frenchman as the Real Madrid manager and he will be desperate to make his mark.
Barcelona are well poised to lift the league title once again this season and any late comeback hopes for Real Madrid depend on this game. If Los Blancos can conjure up a win here, they might still have a chance.
Here at Soccerlens, we think Barcelona will continue their outstanding form and put their bitter rivals to the sword once again.
Messi, Suarez and Neymar
Barcelona’s deadly trio have been simply unplayable since last season.
Be it in Europe or in the domestic competitions, Suarez, Messi and Neymar have been scoring for fun and were instrumental in Barcelona’s win at the Bernabeu earlier this season.
Real Madrid have shown that they are defensively vulnerable and coming up against the best attack in world football, it could be their downfall. Real Madrid defenders have often been accused of being indisciplined at the back and that is one area they need to address against the flair of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
Real Madrid defenders have often been accused of being indisciplined at the back and that is one area they need to address against the flair of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
Messi, Suarez and Neymar have scored a combined total of 69 goals in La Liga this term.
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Real Madrid are desperately in need of a specialist holding midfielder.
Zidane has often sacrificed the balance in his midfield to accommodate two of his best central midfielders – Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Los Blancos have been exposed in the midfield time and again because of the lack of an anchor and it will be a huge problem against the likes of Messi and Iniesta.
Games of this magnitude are often won or lost in the midfield and Real Madrid certainly lacks in that department.
Both teams will come into this game in high spirits but Barcelona who are on a run of 39 games without defeat.
The Catalan giants have been unplayable lately and will look to continue their charge towards the title with another win here.
Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have all had impressive international outings and will look to hit the ground running when they face Real Madrid.
A win here not only takes Barcelona’s unbeaten run to 40 games, it also seals the title for them more or less. Furthermore, it will give them the belief that the Champions League is there for the taking as well.
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