Barcelona 2-1-1, Real Madrid 3-1-1
10/24/10 10 am
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Barcelona is hosting Real Madrid at Camp Nou in the El Clasico derby in round 7 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Barcelona is looking good so far, and they have lost only 1 of their last 8 games. The biggest improvement for Barcelona is that they are not as dependant on Messi as they used to be, which is a good thing because as we could have seen in the offseason, he will not be in Barcelona forever. Barcelona was playing in the Champions League earlier this week, and they have won that game 5-1 despite having a player less on the field for the last 25 minutes. In LaLiga, Barcelona has 7 points, 8 scored goals, and 2 conceded goals, and they are in 9th place in the standings, but they have played 2 games less than Real Sociedad who are on the top. In their last LaLiga match against Getafe on the road, Barcelona was the better team with 73% of ball possession, 1 shot on goal, 2 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 87% of the correct passes. Barcelona was dominant, but they couldn’t score a goal, and they ended up losing this match 1-0. Fati is the leading goalscorer for Barcelona with 3 goals, while Messi added 1 goal. Coutinho added 1 goal and 2 assists. Umtiti, Ter Stegen, and Alba are all injured, and they will not be playing in this game. For the first time in a long time, Barcelona seems to be focused a little bit more on the defense, and it’s working well for them. The only thing that coach Koeman must improve now is Messi’s form because they will need him in the long run.
Real Madrid has lost 2 of their last games in a row, and they are far, far away from the form after the restart of the last season. Real Madrid has lost their Champions League match earlier this week against Shakhtar Donetsk, at home. In LaLiga, Real Madrid is in 3rd place with 10 points, 6 scored goals, and 3 conceded goals. Defensively, Real Madrid is solid this season, but their offense is slacking, and they are having a tough time finishing their chances, or even creating them. Junior has scored 2 goals for Real Madrid this season, while Benzema, Ramos, and Valverde added 1 goal each. Rodrygo, Carvajal, and Benzema each added 1 assist. Carvajal and Hazard are both still injured, but Hazard should be ready soon. In their last LaLiga game against Cadiz at home, Real has had 74% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 88% of accurate passes. Real Madrid has lost this match 0-1. It’s still early in the season, and there is plenty of time for Real Madrid to get in a good form, but at the moment, nothing is working for them, and the fans are angry. A lot of blame is to go on Zidane, but there is nothing to be worried about because every team gets a period like this every now and then.
This is one of the biggest derbies in the world, and we are getting one pretty early in the season. Barcelona is in better form at the moment, and they have more offensive options, while their defense is still solid. The last three El Clasico’s ended with less than 3 goals, but I don’t think this will be the case here. I will stick with Barcelona and goals because they are in better form, and Messi seems to be playing well against Real Madrid.