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El Classico Stats Revealed: Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in yet another great Spanish Derby

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 03: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona fights for the ball with Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou stadium on December 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Spanish giants meet for 233rd El Clasico on Sunday, just days after their respective and all-important Champions League clashes, in a crucial battle for points in Primera title chase.


History

115 years have passed since the first El Clasico, where Real Madrid and Barcelona have played 232 competitive matches and Los Blancos have just narrowly better records. Real have thus earned 93 wins while their rivals have 90 wins to their name, with 49 draws also on the record.

While Barcelona hold the record of the longest streak against the fierce rivals (six consecutive wins from 1948 to 1949), we haven’t seen one side connect three since Blaugrana’s run in 2011/12. The Spanish giants have often decided the title winners in their head-to-head encounters and this season looks all set for another such occasion.

This season

Real Madrid currently have 75 points earned in 31 matches and stand three points in the clear with a game in hand, as Barcelona got 72 points from 32 games. Both sides have made quite some slip-ups along the way, but Los Blancos do come into the match in a somewhat better shape as they have an 11-match unbeaten streak behind them. Barca have a somewhat more lenient schedule towards the end of the season, as Real are yet to play Sevilla who also look for their way into the league’s top 3.

The current form

Barcelona have returned to the winning ways after two consecutive losses, beating Real Sociedad (3-2) in front of the home fans. However, more worryingly will be their loss at Juventus (3-0) in their Champions League clash with the return match in front of the home fans on schedule for Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have earned their already mentioned 11-match unbeaten streak, as we’ve seen them bag nine wins and two draws, including a 1-2 win at Bayern Munich and a 2-3 win at Sporting Gijon last week. They hope to hold off the Bavarians and keep their unbeaten streak intact, further building their confidence ahead of the season finale.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Leo Messi

Lionel Messi has been an obvious key in Barcelona’s moves forward with his bad days reflecting the team’s threatening potential and goalscoring form. Netting 29 goals in 28 league matches, he’s been struggling against Malaga and Juventus but returned to fine goalscoring form against Sociedad, netting two goals early in the first half. Neymar and Suarez have had awesome days too, but they’ve both failed to find the net in any of their last three games.

Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, has fewer goals to his name (19 in Primera) this term and he also hasn’t been to net a goal in the two outings after the International break, but bagging two in the all-important clash at Bayern Munich, he’ll be as confident as ever. Gareth Bale has been under the question mark with a calf injury, which could be a major concern for their moves forward with more pressure on CR7. 



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El Classico Stats Revealed: Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in yet another great Spanish Derby

The Spanish giants meet for 233rd El Clasico on Sunday, just days after their respective and all-important Champions League clashes, in a crucial battle for points in Primera title chase.

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