Barcelona will lock horns with Real Madrid in another round of El Clasico only few days after the Blaugranas thumped the Galacticos in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie.
Real Madrid were dominant in the first forty-five minutes of that encounter and wouldn’t think they would be out of the competition at the end of ninety minutes.
But that’s what football does to you when you squander too many chances. Vinicius Jr. could have easily gotten a hattrick in the first half but failed to make the mark and paid dearly for it soon after.
Worryingly for Real Madrid they have in fact never won a home Clasico game since October 2014 and were annihilated by a 5-1 scoreline in the reverse fixture earlier this term.
There is no downplaying the importance of this match with increasing talks of bringing in Mauricio Pochettino to the Bernabeu.
Recent form (in the league): W W W W L W
The Catalan giants were lost in the first half of their encounter against Madrid. Indeed, they’ve never been poorer than that at any time this season.
Talk of their form, Barcelona haven’t been at their best in recent weeks but have somehow managed to grind out comfortable wins. Case in point was the fixture against Sevilla where an hattrick from Argentine talisman, Lionel Messi helped them secure a 4-2 win.
It is difficult to determine what type of match this is going to turn out to be but the Catalan giants will be willing to do everything to keep their treble dreams alive.
Recent form (in the league): W W D D W W
Real Madrid: Nacho (suspended), Marcos Llorente (muscle)
Barcelona: Vermaelen (muscle), Rafinha (knee)
Possible Starting Line-Up
Courtois; Marcelo, Varane, Ramos, Carvajal; Ceballos, Modric, Casemiro; Bale, Benzema, Vinicius
Ter Stegen; Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Sergi Roberto; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Dembele Suarez, Messi