Preview - Real Madrid vs Barcelona 03 March 19

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Match Day 26
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.72
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (11)

Last five matches form: W D D W W
Average goals per match: 2.60
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (25)

It's El Classico time in La Liga this weekend as perennial rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona clash for the second time in the league this season, this time at the Santiago Bernabéu. With Real currently in third spot and nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona, they surely need to win this one if they are to have any chance at all of reeling in the defending champions.

The sides actually met here only last week in the Copa Del Rey with a Luis Suarez double inspiring Barcelona to a 3-0 success. The reverse of this fixture in the league also resulted in an easy Barca success, this time by a 5-1 score-line.

Both sides have relatively few concerns when it comes to missing players. Nacho is suspended for Real whilst Rafinha misses out through injury for Barcelona.

Real are certainly playing better than during their sticky patch having now won six of their past seven in La Liga, scoring two or more goals in each of those six successes. They have already lost to Levante, Real Sociedad and Girona here though.

Barcelona have lost just one of their last nineteen in La Liga, with their only defeat on the road this season having come at Leganés. With Lionel Messi continuing to show why he is the best on the planet, Barca have scored four or more in three of their last six away from home.

There probably aren't too many sides who can live with Barca at present and as seen in that Copa Del Rey clash, Madrid don't look up to the job. Away win.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 - 4 Barcelona


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  17 - 9
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 6
Possession: 49% - 51%

Three bookings for Real with Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio and Dani Carvajal all having their names taken by referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez. Sergio Busquets and Clement Lenglet of Barcelona also saw yellow.

Real Madrid started on the front foot here as they attempted to gain a stranglehold on the game. Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos all having half chances, but all were either off target or comfortably dealt with bv Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Lionel Messi burst into the Madrid area in the 19th minute and looked to have applied a trademark dinked finish from the right-hand side but saw his effort drift wide this time.

Modric then went close for Real, but it was his Croatian midfield partner who opened the scoring at the other end in the 26th minute. Ivan Rakitic played into the right of the area by Sergi Roberto and applying a deft finish over the keeper and in down the middle from around eight yards out in the right of the area.

There were further half chances at either end, but we headed into the break at 0-1.

Karim Benzema had an excellent chance towards the start of the second half but couldn't get anything on it when seeming sure to score as a free kick came in from the right.

Real certainly had their chances in the second half, but were thwarted by a Barca defence which seemed to be blocking everything at times. 0-1 final score.

Barcelona get through one their biggest remaining tests unscathed and stay seven points clear at the top of the table. Real remain third but are now a yawning twelve points behind the leaders.

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