El Clasico : Real Madrid vs Barcelona Match Preview and Lineups

Real Madrid vs Barcelona
GAME Real Madrid vs Barcelona
DATE 16/10/2022
TIME 07:45 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Santiago Bernabéu

Match Preview of Real Madrid vs Barcelona

One of the biggest fixtures on the football calendar will take place at Bernabeu on Sunday afternoon, with Real Madrid welcoming bitter rivals Barcelona for the latest instalment of El Clasico.

Both teams have collected 22 points from their opening eight matches of the 2022-23 La Liga season, with Barcelona at the head of the table due to their superior goal difference.

Real Madrid proved to be far too strong for Barcelona and indeed the rest of the competition in La Liga last term, ultimately finishing 13 points clear of the Catalan giants at the summit, but it does appear that this season's title race will be a lot closer.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have won seven and drawn one of their eight league matches this season to collect 22 points, but the total is not enough to sit at the top of the table, which is an indication of the level that will be required to finish at the summit in 2022-23.

Real Madrid's only dropped points came at home to Osasuna on October 2, and they managed to return to winning ways in the league last weekend, recording a 1-0 victory over Getafe, before drawing 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Our Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:Lunin; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

Barcelona possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Ter Stegen; Roberto, Kounde, E Garcia, Balde; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Fati

Who will win the match?

We say: Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona. Real Madrid will have had an extra day of recovery ahead of this match, which could be crucial, and Barcelona were involved in an energy-zapping contest with Inter during the week. Xavi's side are difficult to back against in the league at the moment, though, and we have a feeling that a tight match could end with the spoils being shared, which both managers would likely accept if that were offered ahead of kickoff.

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