LaLiga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview

Barcelona

18 December 2019 live

20:00 UTC

LaLiga

Real Madrid

 

Spain’s top two do battle as Barcelona look to increase their slender H2H lead over fierce rivals Real Madrid (W96, D51, L95 – in all competitions), in a match-up that’s seen both teams score in the last 15 El Clásico clashes held at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona remain the only La Liga (LL) team that can boast a 100% record at home (W7), despite the fact that both teams have scored in six of their seven games here. Their last three home league games saw Barcelona win with at least a -2 handicap, which has also been the case with three of their previous four Clásico victories over fierce rivals Real Madrid.
A quick start will be the hosts’ aim considering they’ve netted the opener in six of their LL home games this term, as well as five of the last six competitive H2Hs (W4, D2). However they face a Madrid side here that’s won all four top-flight away matches this season in which they’ve scored the opening goal.
Madrid’s 1-1 draw at Valencia last time out means the visitors remain unbeaten in seven of their eight LL road trips this campaign (W4, D3, L1), but also made it three competitive away games in a row where both teams scored and there was exactly two goals netted after the 60th minute.
Players to watch: Lionel Messi has scored a hat-trick in consecutive Barcelona LL home games – he has 18 goals across 25 top-flight H2Hs.
Karim Benzema has been Madrid’s first goalscorer in all four LL away games he’s scored in this term – he’s netted in Madrid’s last three top-flight Clásico victories.
Stat attack: Both teams have scored before half-time in Barcelona’s last three competitive games.
Both teams have scored in the second half in four of Madrid’s last five competitive fixtures.

There’s been at least four yellow cards in each of the last six H2Hs – two saw a red card.

 

What time is kick off?
The match begins at 20:00.