Preview - Barcelona vs Real Madrid 07 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Monday, May 7th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.56
Average goals against per match: 0.62
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (32)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W D W W D
Average goals per match: 2.41
Average goals against per match: 1.09
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (24)

No doubting the game of the weekend. There is simply no bigger or better game in World Club football than El Classico. The latest instalment sees Real Madrid travel to take on Barcelona on Match Day 36 in La Liga.

There's never a bad time to be crowned La Liga champions, but to receive the accolade in front of not only your own fans, but also your biggest rivals must be particularly sweet. Having sewn up the title last week, Barcelona are granted that honour here.

Real of course arrive on a high of their own having booked their place in this seasons Champions League Final. The main focus of their season will of course now be on becoming the first side to win the Champions League three seasons in a row, but in terms of La Liga, they still have a chance to finish above city rivals Atletico, in addition to the prospect of ending Barcelona's unbeaten season here.

Not all that much in the way of injuries for either side. Sergi Samper remains out for Barcelona, whilst Daniel Carvajal is injured for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid will have revenge on their minds following a 3-0 humbling at the Bernabeu earlier in the campaign. Barcelona arrive here the fresher side however, and whilst they may not quite repeat that score line, i do expect them to win.

Prediction: Barcelona 2 - 1 Real Madrid


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots: 11 - 17
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 50% - 50%

A typically bad-tempered El Classico encounter with referee Alejandro Hernandez being kept busy throughout. Nacho Fernandez, Raphal Varane, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Marcelo were all booked for Real Madrid. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic all seeing yellow for Barcelona. The biggest card wielding incident of the game came in the 45th minute though, with Barca's Sergi Roberto being shown a straight red card.

Barca struck first in the tenth minute. A driving run by Sergi Roberto down the right flank and an excellent cross to find Luis Suarez arriving at the far post. Quality finish from Suarez as ever to volley into the bottom right corner.

The lead lasted all of four minutes, and no prizes for guessing the name of the man who grabbed the equaliser. Toni Kroos's cross into the area being played back across goal by Karim Benzema allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to tap in from less than a yard.

Ronaldo was uncharacteristically wasteful after that though, hitting the keeper when well placed, and subsequently firing wide when though on goal.

Then tempers really began to become frayed. Gareth Bale particularly lucky to stay on the pitch for an atrocious tackle on Samuel Umtiti.

It was Barca who were in fact reduced to ten men. Sergi Roberto stupidly flashing a hand towards Marcelo and the Brazilian predictably going down as if he had just received a right hook from Mike Tyson. Off Roberto went.

They may have been down to ten men, but Barca still took the lead at the beginning of the second half. Receiving the ball from Suarez, Messi left the Real defence chasing his shadow on the edge of the 18-yard box before finishing into the bottom left corner.

Whether he should have still been on the pitch is debatable, but it was Bale who grabbed the equaliser, and it was a cracker. Played in by Marco Asensio, the Welshman unleashed a curling strike into the top corner from the edge of the area. 2-2 final score.

A big one out of the way here, and now just three games to go for Barca as they chase an unbeaten La Liga campaign.

Real meanwhile can now overhaul Atletico Madrid in the race for second should they win their game in hand.

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