The El Clasico is one of the most popular fierce rivalries in the world. The game played between world’s two biggest and most popular clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid. El Clasico is considered as the biggest match in world football and this year, it is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 3rd December in the 2016-17 La Liga season. The game will be played at the Barca’s home Camp Nou. But the million dollar question is who will win El Clasico on 23 April 2017? Barcelona or Real Madrid? Let’s find out.
Real Madrid is in good form and beaten Barcelona in the previous encounter and have a good opportunity to extend their lead on top of La Liga table. On the other hand, home side Barcelona will look to take advantage of home soil while the return of captain Andres Iniesta makes the Barca more strengthened compared to Real Madrid especially after the injury of Gareth Bale. As all know El Clasico unpredictable but according to us, Real Madrid would win this El Clasico on 23 April 2017.
Here are reasons why Real Madrid will win this El Clasico 2017.
Barcelona Poor Form & Table Situation
Looking at the current form of both teams, any expert will bet on Real Madrid. Barcelona is going through poor form and standing 2nd in the La Liga table below Real Madrid who is 6 points ahead of them and leading the La Liga table.
Although Barcelona will have home advantage when they face merengues but Barca’s recent results against small teams gives whites hopes to win this match which other teams failed to do it. Barcelona have really failed to produce good results this season, the 0–0 draw against a 9-man Malaga while Champions League 3–1 loss against Manchester City proves that.
Barcelona’s Key Players are Injured
Barcelona’s attacking extremely depends on the trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. The stats shows that how much Messi is important for the team. Barcelona has claimed 27/30 points in the presence of Messi while 10/21 points without him.
Barcelona has had no new injury setbacks and their trio Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are all fit for but captain Andres Iniesta knee injury against Valencia in October and Samuel Umtiti’s hamstring injury has seen him miss a few matches.
Read Madrid have a long list of players injuries including Gareth Bale which is a huge blow for the team, Toni Kroos, Alvaro Morata and Raphael Varane are set to be unavailable for this match. And players like Kovacic, Isco, James, Lucas Vazquez, Asensio now have a big stage to prove that they’re worthy of first team spot. They will hungry and extra motivated against a Barcelona on this Saturday, 3rd December.
Real Madrid’s Strong Counter Attacks
Real Madrid’s 4-5-1 formation in defence helped the team to absorb opposite team’s pressure and then they turn defence into counter attack and scored a goal in few minutes. Real Madrid is the kings of the counter attack.
The defence of Barca is an issue for the team and they concede goals against the counter-attacking teams. It is expected that Barca defence will face a tough time against the pace of Ronaldo and Bale.
Ronaldo is Back
When the season was started, it was said that Ronaldo performance is declined but Portugal footballer proved that he is still king of the goal. Ronaldo went through a rough patch a month ago where he just wasn’t able to impose himself on the game and was sulking at small trivial things.
But Ronaldo bounced back strongly and his 2 goals against Sporting Gijon moves him to the top of the table for highest scorer in La Liga this season surpassing Messi’s 8 goals. He will be more confident and positive while stepping into the season’s first El Clasico.