Real Madrid vs Barcelona by Jimeno
Real Madrid used rotated squad in the previous LaLiga match away to Gijon but managed to fight out 3:2 victory which are important three points in their title race, as the team had difficult schedule with two Champions League clashes of quarter-finals stage in between.
Isco scored twice and Morata added one for their victory, while the home team even had the lead twice during the match. After these three points, Real kept the first position having three points more than Barcelona and now with a game in hand, they can approach the derby game much more relaxed simply since even a point taken keeps them safe in the title battle for now. They come from a difficult Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening, taking the progress only after overtime 4:2 score and three goals scored by Ronaldo and one from Asensio, together with some "help" from referee this time.
Hosts should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, using Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema most likely as forwards. Dani Carvajal is back from a league suspension and should start here, while Pepe (13/2) and Raphael Varane (19/1), both central defenders remains injured and sidelined for this one, with Nacho probably getting another test match at that position.
Barcelona last weekend took 3:2 victory at home against Real Sociedad with a bit of mixed squad too, as the team remained in the tittle battle but now with three points less than Real and a game more played, meaning that the team will need to seek for a three pointer here as any other result makes them be far away from the title.
Barcelona, on the other side, didn't manage to make another improvement and overcome the deficit from the first game in Champions League quarter-finals when the team lost away from home 3:0 to Juventus, staying to only a goalless draw in front of their own fans on Wednesday evening. Even though they had more of the ball possession, it was obvious that the team can't create really dangerous situations and that can't solve the puzzle called Juventus' defense.
Visitors from Barcelona should be playing in some sort of 3-5-1-1 formation, using Suarez as central striker and Messi as a offensive support just behind him. Important forward Neymar (26/9) is serving his second game ban, while doubtful and struggling with injury problems remains midfielder Arda Turan. Injured are offensive midfielder Rafinha (18/6) and right back Alex Vidal (6/2).
- Real Madrid have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 home matches against Barcelona.
- Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 21 home matches (La Liga).
Real Madrid is now coming into the derby match with a high confidence after they progressed into the semi-finals of the Champions League with a victory on aggregate result against Bayern Munich. Barcelona is not in a proper shape after being eliminated by Juventus and moreover, are not impressing especially in the defense when playing away from home.