The most awaited match of this football season is all set as Barcelona will face arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Nou camp. This high-profile match of 2016-2017 La Liga season is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 3, When these two teams, FC Barcelona (8-2-3, 27 points) and Real Madrid (10-0-3, 33 points) face each other then the match is called as El Clásico. Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid will look to extend their lead on the table while Barca will have the advantage of their home soil. Let’s see Barcelona vs Real Madrid team news, lineups and what is our El Clasico prediction.
Barcelona will host rivals Real Madrid and match will kick-off on Saturday afternoon at 3:15pm. The football fans in the UK will be unable to watch the biggest match live but they can watch highlights on Sky Sports while USA viewers can watch the game live on beinSports while Sony Six will have live telecast in India.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Team News
The positive news for Barcelona is that there are no new injury setbacks and their trio Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are all fit for the massive game on Saturday. Captain Andres Iniesta who was out of the tournament for six to eight weeks after suffering knee ligament damage against Valencia is expected to play against Real Madrid.
Iniesta is back to training session but still it is not confirmed whether he is 100% for the game or not. Samuel Umtiti missed the games against Malaga and Celtics but is eyeing his return against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid will paly this match without Gareth Bale after the injury against Sporting Lisbon last week. Zinedine Zidane will go with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The predicted result is a close 2-1 victory for Barcelona.
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Real Madrid starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Navas; Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Kovacic; Lucas, Rodriguez, Ronaldo; Benzema
Barcelona vs Real Madrid El Clasico Prediction
The absence of Gareth Bale will be a big blow for Real Madrid but they are in good form and remains unbeaten in last ten mates. While Barcelona is going through poor from and their last match against Real Sociedad prove it. Madrid looks the stronger side based on their current form but no one can ignore Barca. It is important match for Barcelona if they want to defend their league title their year.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-2 Barcelona