Barcelona vs Real Madrid. One of the best rivalries in the history of football. On Sunday, they meet again in La Liga at Camp Nou on matchday 10. It will also be the first meeting between them in front of the fans since March 2020.
The Catalan government also permitted Barcelona to fill the stadium with 100% fans. It will also be good news for Barca to play with the support of their fans. They missed the fans in many games, and it was visible through their results. Real Madrid also moved to their renovated Santiago Bernabeu last month. They will be hoping to the 100% fans in the stadium in the second El Clasico in March 2022. Before that, they will also meet in the Spanish Super Cup in January 2022. Soccer betting will also have the same emotions as that of the El Clasico when the teams lock horns.
It will be the fifth meeting between Carlo Ancelotti and Ronald Koeman as managers and the first in the El Clasico. They met each other when the Dutch manager was at Ajax and the Italian at AC Milan. The upper hand in all four games was for Ancelloti. So, Koeman will be looking for the first win against Ancelotti.
The home side Barcelona has a worrying situation with their recent performances. Even after winning the last two games, they were not able to completely dominate the game. Against Dynamo Kyiv, the performance was not so impressive. They were only able to win the game by just one goal, and the match still exposed the team’s defensive problems.
Barcelona is currently sitting 7th in the league table with 15 points. The boost for Barca when they face Real Madrid will be the return of Ansu Fati and Sergio Aguero. The youngster already announced his return with two league goals. The former Atletico Madrid player Aguero will be eagerly waiting to face Real Madrid, and his experience is much needed for Barca in this situation. The injuries to Arajuoa will be a significant blow as he is one of the best defenders in the league. Barca needed someone like him to stop the speedy attacks from Vinicius.
Real Madrid will be more confident going into the match because they are not having any such problems that Barca faces. They are currently sitting third in the league with 17 points, two more than Barca. Real Madrid’s main threat is their attacking. The attacking duo of Benzema and Vinicius will be a headache for Barca throughout the game. The Brazilian is currently on his top form, and his pace will be an issue for the opponents.
It’s a must-win match for both teams as it will help them climb up in the point table. The team that wins the game will be able to overcome the opponent in the point table.