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La Liga: Barça vs Madrid

The two rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in the first Clasico match of the 2020-21 campaign on Saturday afternoon, with both sides looking to recover from the previous La Liga defeat. Barca lost 0-1 away from Getafe in their last encounter on 17 October, while defending champions Madrid suffered a 0-1 home defeat to newly promoted Cadiz.

Barca will once again be without the service of number one goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen due to a knee injury which means that Neto will continue to start. Samuel Umtiti is once again expected to be absent due to knee problems, but Jordi Alba could return to the starting lineup, training with teammates on Thursday as he seeks to fix the problem. hamstring problem. Whether or not Koeman feels risky starting the Spaniard or not, the fact that he trained with his teammates two days before the match suggests the possibility of a return is enormous. ; However, a spot on the bench looked probable, suggesting Sergino Dest could receive a nod from the left flank. Sergio Busquets is expected to return in midfield, he was named on the bench against Ferencvaros, but Trincao was once again able to eliminate Griezmann on the left side of the attack. Trincao played impressively during the win in Europe, and his pull-out in the 63rd minute of the game suggests he will be used from the start against Madrid, especially as Griezmann is still struggling. to show my best form. The rankings don't make much sense at this stage of the campaign, especially since Barca has only played four times in La Liga this season due to a late start. Ronald Koeman's side had an impressive start to the season, scoring successive victories against Villarreal and Celta Vigo, scoring seven in the process and not conceding. However, Barca were held 1-1 by Sevilla before the October international break, before losing 0-1 to Getafe last weekend.

The Clasico second leg to La Liga last season at Camp Nou ended with a goalless draw, but Madrid won 2-0 at the Bernabeu in March. The title will be win-win this weekend, but There is simply nothing to downplay the importance of the match as both teams seem to react to the disappointing results of the previous round. Madrid's form in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign is simply superb; it allowed them to eventually outrank Barca by 5 points at the top of La Liga, taking the title in the process. Los Blancos suffered only three defeats in their entire last season, but they lost to Cadiz at home last weekend, with Anthony Lozano's only goal in the 16th minute. The financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak resulted in no contract in the summer, And there is enormous pressure on the likes of Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos to lead the team this season. The contribution will have to come from elsewhere, but Eden Hazard's injury problem will likely rule him out until the end of November, with the Belgian having an extremely difficult time since arriving. Zinedine Zidane's side will be looking to recover from their defeat to Cadiz as they host a coronavirus-attacked Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but the capital giant was 3-0 down in the half. one and the last 3-2 defeat in the group stage opening.