Barcelona vs Real Madrid Prediction & Match Preview

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Prediction & Match Preview

La Liga | Gameweek 11
Oct 28, 2023 at 3.15pm UK
Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys

The highly anticipated clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid, known as the first “El Clasico” of the season, promises to be an explosive event.

In their previous outing, Barca managed to secure a victory in the 10th round against Athletic Bilbao, with newcomer Marc Guiu scoring the decisive goal.

However, the 17-year-old is likely to begin the match on the bench. The availability of Robert Lewandowski and Frenkie de Jong is in doubt, and Jules Kounde remains sidelined due to injury.

On the other side, Real Madrid enters the La Liga derby after a 1-1 draw with Sevilla at the “Pizjuan.” They are aiming for their fifth away win of the season, but conquering Barcelona at “Monjuic” is a formidable challenge.

All factors considered, our prediction is that these fierce rivals will share the honors in “El Clasico.” Luka Modric is expected to return to the starting lineup, while Nacho Fernandez is suspended for the match. Eder Militao, the imposing defender, is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Team News:

Barcelona will be missing the services of three key first-team players for this match, as Jules Kounde, Sergi Roberto, and Pedri won’t be available for selection.

Despite Joao Felix limping off with a heavy knock in the previous game against Shakhtar, he is expected to start. Raphinha, who had a hamstring issue, is likely to be in the squad.

There are still uncertainties surrounding Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski, but both are expected to participate in Friday’s training session as they work to recover from ankle problems in time for El Clasico. If Lewandowski comes through Friday’s session without any issues, he is likely to start. Additionally, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal could be given the opportunity on the right, potentially leading to Ferran Torres starting from the bench.

Real Madrid’s injury situation is clearer, with Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao ruled out due to long-term knee problems, and Dani Ceballos unavailable due to a muscular issue. Arda Guler is back in training after overcoming a thigh problem following a knee operation, but it’s unlikely that he will be considered for selection in this match.

Eduardo Camavinga is expected to take on the left-back role, while Toni Kroos will likely feature in midfield alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde.

Joselu should recover from an illness in time to make the squad, and Bellingham is confirmed to be available despite an injury scare in the game against Braga. He is expected to play behind a front two consisting of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

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