Before making any predictions, it is important that we all realize something very important: El Clasico has always been a very special and unpredictable affair.
No matter who plays in the game or the location of the encounter, analysts can never accurately predict what will happen in El Clasico. The match is too intense and emotional to know what will happen.
But despite the mystery of how the game will play out, everyone will have their opinion on what will happen. Below are some predictions for El Clasico based solely on the facts entering the match, but remember they are purely projections.
Predicting Real Madrid’s Starting Lineup:
As stated earlier, Los Blancos will be without a few key players against Barcelona. One can never know what Jose Mourinho is planning, but AS has given some insight on who could start.
The defense will certainly be difficult to guess, but the starting keeper may be the toughest call to make. Newcomer Diego Lopez has stated that he is ready to play, and with his experience he may just start.
Michael Essien, Raphael Varane, Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa
Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira
Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo
Predicting Barcelona’s Starting Lineup:
There is no question as to what Barcelona’s best lineup is. Entering a Clasico, fans should expect nothing less than the best La Blaugrana has to offer. And with a healthy squad, Barcelona is in prime condition to select their best XI.
David Villa may be deserving of a starting spot after such a wonderful performance against Osasuna, but at this point the club is still much better with Iniesta on the wing. Villa could be used as a super-sub though, along with Thiago.
Jose Manuel Pinto
Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Jordi Alba
Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fábregas
Pedro, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta
Predicting the Outcome:
As I said earlier, Barcelona will look to exploit a weakened Real Madrid. Though Los Blancos will certainly fight hard and make things difficult for Barcelona, the Catalans are still the favorites to win the match.
I predict a final score of 3-1 in the favor of Barcelona, though the game will be much closer than the score entails. Messi and Ronaldo will both score, but Andres Iniesta will be the man of the match.
Taking away three goals will be huge for Barcelona, but for Real Madrid the loss will be tough to swallow. Already trailing Barcelona in La Liga has been hard enough, but Jose Mourinho’s job may be on the line with this match.
But no one will know the outcome until the final whistle is blown. El Clasico looks set to be a thrilling match, and world football fans everywhere should tune in for a very special treat.
How do you see the game playing out? Who should Mourinho look to for cover? Will Messi terrorize the Madrid defense? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments below.
Tre’ Atkinson, The Catalan Blood of Bleacher Report.
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