Reasons Why Barcelona Are More Likely to Win El Clasico
Predicting El Clasico winner is a hard challenge for everyone since both rivals possess a good core of quality players with a lot of experience.
However, Barcelona supporters can still be assured that their side will emerge victorious on December 18.
El Clasico is by far the most anticipated fixture in the football world and after being postponed from the last week of October, it is finally set to go ahead on Wednesday evening. Despite it being a weekday, there is no reason why the stadium wouldn’t be a full house and the match would be a decaffeinated one.
The following reasons are the likely elements which may twist the balance in the Blaugrana’s favor when the Merengues come visiting them at Camp Nou:
Barcelona’s astounding home results
Barcelona have had the worst streak of away results since 2007-08 this season and football followers started to consider the away fixtures a curse for Barcelona! Although Valverde’s squad might have been lackluster by its standard in the league so far this campaign, having drawn twice and lost three times in the 16 matches that they have played, the Blaugrana have been absolutely relentless at the Camp Nou, winning every one of their seven games from La Liga this season.
Barcelona’s formidable MSG trident getting back to business
Barcelona were once again struggling to regain momentum although Luis Suarez was a persistent threat upfront.
Inspired by their wonderful strikers, Barcelona have managed to regain momentum over the past few weeks. Valverde’s squad got the better of Inter Milan twice in thrilling Champions League contests in addition to a convincing victory over Borussia Dortmund.
All three of Barca’s forwards do boast a great scoring record against Wednesday’s visitors. If the MSG trio clicks versus the Whites, they might be set for 90 minutes in the Camp Nou.
More than 30 goals have been scored in their previous seven matches, demonstrating an average of 4.28 goals per game. The team has been solid with the backline having been breached only nine times so far. Real Betis, Valencia, and Mallorca have shipped five goals each while Sevilla let in four at the Camp Nou; therefore, there’s no reason why Real won’t be breakable!
Luis Suarez’s stunning record against Real Madrid
Suarez is back to his belligerent best as one of the most deadly strikers in world football today. Since coming to Spain in 2014, Luis Suarez’s favorite victim has been Real Madrid as he has scored 11 times against them in all competitions, more than he has against any other team while playing for Barcelona.
In the 2018/19 campaign, the Uruguay international was on target five times versus the Merengues and totally agonized them with a hat-trick in the infamous 5-1 win last October. His overall record is magnificent regardless of that hat-trick.
In 15 appearances against Real Madrid, Luis Suarez has scored 11 goals and provided five assists, averaging an involvement of slightly more than one goal per game. Suarez has amazing statistics against Madrid than the likes of Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and several other Spanish teams.
Lionel Messi started to click in
Luis Suarez may have a brilliant record against Real Madrid, but Lionel Messi continues to be a nightmare for Los Blancos. Given his fitness issues at the start of the season, the Whites may have believed that there would be a bit less danger coming from the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, but he has regained his record-breaking form recently.
Messi is back in business and stole the show with a hat-trick against Mallorca last weekend. Against Sociedad, he chipped in with an assist in a silent outing. Looking at his displays since the last month or so, it can be noticed that he is off and running for the season. He will be looking to extend his scoring record against Real Madrid after not scoring against them even once in 2018/19.
Last 5 El Clásico matches:
· Season 2018/19 Barcelona v Real Madrid
Clasico result and final score 28/10/2018
FC Barcelona 5 - 1 Real Madrid
FC Barcelona goals: Coutinho, Suarez 3, Vidal
Real Madrid goals: Marcelo
· Season 2017/18 Barcelona v Real Madrid
Clasico result and final score 6/05/2018
FC Barcelona 2 - 2 Real Madrid
FC Barcelona goals: Suarez, Messi
· Season 2016/17 Barcelona v Real Madrid
Clasico result and final score 3/12/2016
FC Barcelona 1 - 1 Real Madrid
FC Barcelona goals: Suarez
Real Madrid goals: Ramos
· Season 2015/16 Barcelona v Real Madrid
Clasico result and final score
FC Barcelona 1 - 2 Real Madrid
FC Barcelona goals: Piqué
Real Madrid goals: Benzema, Ronaldo
· Season 2014/15 Barcelona v Real Madrid
Clasico result and final score
FC Barcelona 2 - 1 Real Madrid
FC Barcelona goals: Mathieu, Luis Suárez
Real Madrid goals: Ronaldo