It’s the first Clasico of the season as Real Madrid takes on the arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Here you can follow Real Madrid vs Barcelona, prediction, team news, lineup, and how to watch on TV and live stream online.
🇪🇸 Competition: La Liga 2022-2023
🆚 Real Madrid vs Barcelona
🗓 Date: Sunday, 16 Oct. 2022
🕗 Kick-off Time: 3:15 pm BST | 10:15 am ET
🏟 Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Fittingly for a high-caliber game like El Clasico, this is a meeting between La Liga’s current top two. There’s so little between the two this season in La Liga, as Barcelona is at the top with the same points as Real Madrid.
Both have won 7 and drawn 1 of their first eight league matches and are heading into the game as the two top scorers.
However, things don’t look promising for the Catalans. Their Champions League hope suffered a massive blow following their defeat and a draw against Inter. They have to settle for the Europa League for the second consecutive season.
Barcelona’s make-shift defense looked all over the place in their 3-3 draw against Inter. In their last league match, they also struggled in their 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.
In their last outing, Real Madrid drew 1-1 on the road against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. They are comfortably sitting at the top. Carlo Ancelotti’s men won 0-1 against Getafe in their last La Liga match.
Barcelona’s Lineup and Team News
Xavi has to deal with a handful of injuries at the back. Ronald Araujo and Christensen are ruled out following their thigh and ankle injuries.
Hector Bellerin is also a doubt due to a knock in training. However, Jules Kounde returned to training on Thursday and could make a surprise return from his hamstring.
Memphis Depay will also miss the match due to a hamstring.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Kounde, Pique, Garcia, Balde; Pedri, De Jong, Gavi; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele
Real Madrid’s Lineup and Team News
The Real Madrid shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois missed the last four games due to a back injury. Despite Ancelotti insisting, the Belgian could miss the game as he did not train on Thursday.
Antonio Rudiger suffered a bloody head-gash in the midweek’s Champions League fixture. He is expected to return for this one. Dani Ceballos will miss out due to a hamstring.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Lunin; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
Head-to-Head (Last 5 Games)
- Real Madrid: 4 wins
- Draw: 0
- Barcelona: 1 win
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction
Barcelona is forced to play with their make-shift defense due to several injuries. Consequently, they looked all over the place in their 3-3 draw against Inter. In their last league match, they also struggled in their 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.
It’s going to be a difficult game for Barcelona defensively. Moreover, Xavi’s men need to find mental strength after suffering a massive setback in the Champions League.
On the other hand, Real Madrid will be keen to take advantage of the home ground. Benzema has not been scoring goals lately. He will try to return to his usual goal-machine mode as well.
Robert Lewandowski, La Liga’s top scorer this season, will be up for the challenge and try to prove why he is here.
Regarding Barcelona’s shaky defense, we are going with the home team to clinch a victory.
- Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live Stream
- USA: ESPN+
- UK: Premier Sports 1, LaLigaTV, Premier Player
- Canada: TSN, TSN App
- Australia: Kayo
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