El Clasico Preview- Real Madrid v Barcelona
Both Teams Looking Frightening
Real Madrid look to have put their early season woes behind them with a string of scintillating results as of late, most recently their 5-0 drumming of Levante on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo once again stole the show with a brace. His first goal from the penalty spot and the other a fantastic individual effort. Hernandez, Isco and Rodriguez were the other 3 Galacticos on the scoresheet. Levante's poor start to the campaign never looked to be turned around in this fixture where they were poor in terms of effort and class.
Gareth Bale was rested for the clash, whereas Ramos, Benzema and Varane missed out through injuries and illness.
With less than a week to go until Barcelona travel to the Santiago Bernabeu, they kept up their impressive unbeaten streak and kept an 8th consecutive clean sheet against La Liga new boys Eibar. Eibar had chances to take the lead in the first half but failed to convert. Once Barcelona took the lead in the 2nd half through Xavi there was no looking back. Neymar and Messi rounded off the win with 2 equally stunning goals.
Rakitic and Busquets were left out of the squad for some much needed rest, and Iniesta only played for around half an hour, all good preparation for the El Clasico.
Real Madrid Possible Line Up
Real Madrid have a few Injury concerns going into their midweek game against Liverpool and also the El Clasico on saturday. Varane should most definitely be back for Saturday whereas Ramos and Benzema are more doubtful.
Gareth Bale's slight gluteal problem is expected not to be a problem and a starting position will be almost guaranteed.
Barcelona Possible Line Up
Barcelona have much less to worry about going into the mercurial duel, presuming no one gets injured during their midweek Champions League bout. Right back douglas is their only injury, whom wouldn't be expected to start anyway.
Luis Suarez is set to return from a 4 month suspension, however it is unlikely he will be thrust straight into the starting 11.
Messi v Ronaldo- Records In Sight
Lionel Messi goes into the El Clasico needing just 1 goal to equal Telmo Zarra's all time goals scoring record for La Liga, a record that has stood since 1955.
2 goals from Messi will see him break the record in Madrid's back yard, something they will want to avoid happening at all costs.
Messi holds the record for the most goals a single player has scored in El Clasico games, so equalling and even surpassing the La Liga record seems like it could happen come Saturday.
Another record that looks set to be broken in the near future is that of most La Liga hat tricks, which Ronaldo has in his sights.
Ronaldo currently is level with greats Alfredo di Stefano and Telmo Zarra on 22 La Liga hat tricks.
This one seems less likely to be broken on saturday due to the toughness of the fixture, however nothing can be discounted when this man is around.