Preview - Barcelona vs Real Madrid 28 October 18

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Match Day 10
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
Sunday, October 28th 2018
23:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches form: D L D D W
Average goals per match: 2.56
Average goals against per match: 1.22
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (7)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W L D L L
Average goals per match: 1.44
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (4)

A big one over in Spain this weekend with what is probably still the biggest domestic club game in World football as Barcelona host Real Madrid in the first El Classico of the season.

The sides drew 2-2 in this game last season, with Barcelona winning the reverse fixture 3-0.

This game will have a slightly different flavour to recent years. Not only will we have no Cristiano Ronaldo on show, we must also now do without Lionel Messi who misses out with a broken arm.

It's also a little unusual when we consider the recent La Liga form of the two sides, with both league leaders Barca and seventh placed Real having just the one win to their name in their past five La Liga games.

The pressure is certainly beginning to mount on Julen Lopetegui, with talk of potential successors already mounting. Following a largely encouraging start, the wheels now appear to have come off and they head here having lost three of their past four in La Liga against Sevilla, Alaves and Levante. A narrow 2-1 victory over minnows Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in midweek hasn't done much to improve the mood.

Barcelona seem to have steadied the ship now and were again impressive against Inter Milan in midweek, particularly considering Messi was watching on from the stands.

Messi or no Messi, we fancy Barca to prevail.

Prediction: Barcelona 2 - 1 Real Madrid


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 5 - 1
Shots:  12 - 9
Shots on target: 9 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 54% - 46%

Referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez took the names of four in this one booking Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Nacho and Gareth Bale.

With the pressure mounting and the vultures already beginning to circle, what Julen Lopetegui probably didn't need was a battering at the hands of Real Madrid's biggest rivals. Unfortunately, that's exactly what he received at Camp Nou this afternoon as a Messi-less Barcelona ran riot.

Barcelona took the lead in the eleventh minute. Jordi Alba speeding into the left-hand side of the area towards the by-line before cutting the ball back to find Philippe Coutinho who finished into the bottom right.

The second came on the half hour mark. Luis Suarez sent tumbling in the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Suarez himself stepping up to fire into the bottom left. 2-0 at the break.

Five minutes into the second half Real Madrid got themselves back into this. A cross from the right taking a couple of deflections and bobbling into the path of Marcelo lurking in the area. Good control inside on his chest from the Brazilian before finishing on the stretch.

The game hung in the balance for a while at this stage with both sides striking the woodwork, and then Barcelona pulled away.

Great improvisation from Suarez to finish with a bullet header from around 12 yards into the top right corner having had the ball clipped towards him from close range by Sergi Roberto in the 77th minute.

Six minutes later Suarez had his hattrick. Played clean through on the right by Roberto he dinked over the outrushing Thibaut Courtois and in.

Then in the 87th minute Barca made it five. Nice work on the right-hand side from Ousnmane Dembele to cross into the area and Arturo Vidal powering a header home.

Barcelona maintain their place at the La Liga summit. Real Madrid are down in ninth.

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