Here is our Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview for this weekends exciting Spanish Primera Division match, that should hold us spellbound.

One of the greatest games in football returns on Saturday. Barcelona vs Real Madrid, dubbed the ‘El Classico’, is known to be one of the greatest football rivalries in the game. Both teams are playing as expected, with both posing a challenge for the title. Barcelona currently hold the cards, three points clear from Madrid and one point clear from Atletico Madrid.

Recent Form

In all competitions, Barcelona have been in better form winning five of their last six. Madrid have won four of their last six. Both teams have drawn once, whilst Madrid have lost once as well.

Head to Head

The two teams have faced off six times since August 2012. Real Madrid have the better record, recording three wins (50%), two draws (33%) and one loss (17%). The games have produced an average of 3.5 goals per game.

There have been a total of 31 yellow cards and two red cards in their last six games.

Goals Conceded

With 9 games played, Barcelona have conceded six goals whilst Madrid have conceded nine (an average of 0.7 and 1 per game, respectively).

Barcelona are dominating as the leagues highest goal scorers. They have so far scored 28 compared to Madrid’s 19.

Team News

Barcelona will be missing Jordi Alba who isn’t likely to return until the end of November. However there is hope for Gerard Piqué who may return in time for the game. Barcelona will be looking towards Lionel Messi to put in another special performance.

Madrid will be without center back Raphael Varane, however Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema are now back in training. Christiano Ronaldo will be looking to add more goals to his already impressive Real Madrid tally whilst the worlds most expensive player, Gareth Bale, will hope to start.

Conclusion

Not only is the El Classico one of he greatest rivalries in football, it is also one of the most entertaining. Plenty of cards, goals and top quality players is the recipe needed for a great spectacle. Barcelona are on top of the league, and their big name signing Neymar looks better value than Bale.  I expect this to play a major part, and Barcelona to be the winners.