Once El Clasico was all about Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi. There is no doubt that since the departure of both Ronaldo and Messi the craze and hype over the El Clasico has reduced significantly. Yet the footballing rivalry between two of the biggest clubs of world football remain. On October 16, the world would again witness another edition of the El Clasico; it’s time for Real Madrid vs Barcelona!
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have been in prime form in La Liga with the former currently leading the table. Barcelona are coming to the El Clasico with 7 straight wins in the domestic league. But their performance in the Champions League is a cause of concern for the fans. On the other hand unlike Barcelona, Real Madrid has done exceedingly well in the Champions League and has already qualified for the Round of 16. Now they will be looking to inflict further misery on Barcelona by snatching the top spot in La Liga away from the Catalans.
Let’s now peep into the predicted lineups of both the teams leading to the El Clasico, according to Team Analystique.
Robert Lewandowski has been in splendid goal scoring form for the Catalans this season. Pedri and Raphinha have also assisted him and Barcelona would be banking upon them in the El Clasico. The poor defence is a matter of concern for the Cules. Barca’s defence has been significantly weakened by the injuries to their star defenders. The injured list includes Jules Kounde, Ronald Araujo, Hector Bellerin, Andreas Christensen.
Goal Keeper: Marc ter Stegen.
Defenders: Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Balde.
Mid Fielders: de Jong, Gavi, Pedri.
Strikers: Dembele, Raphinha, Lewandowski.
Thibaut Courtois is unavailable for the El Clasico as he couldn’t recover completely in time. Antonio Rudiger who suffered an injury in the last Champions League game will also be available, though might not start ahead of David Alaba & Eder Militao. Kroos – Tchouameni – Modric trio would certainly feature in the mid-field with Karim Benzema, the goal machine leading the attack. Vinicius Jr. has been the superstar for Real Madrid with 5 goals and is also possibly the best player of the league in terms of Expected Threat.
Goal Keeper: Lunin.
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy.
Mid Fielders: Toni Kroos, Tchouameni, Luca Modric.
Strikers: Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema, Fede Valvarde.
Overall it might turn out to be an exciting and a well contested El Clasico between the top 2 teams of the League. The winner will seal the top spot for now. So, all to play for, fingers crossed!