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Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Date: 23rd December 2017

Kick-off time – 12:00 GMT

This is arguably the biggest game in world football this weekend.

With events both in and outside the field creating tension between the cities that these teams come from, this will surely be a heated encounter.

Players will be fully focused on the 11 points that separates them.

If Barcelona wins, that would give Real Madrid an almost impossible job to do in terms of retaining their title however a win for Los Blancos could throw the title race wide open.

Real Madrid have been away at the FIFA Club world cup which they predictably won to clinch their fifth trophy of the year.

Los Blancos started the season on a high note with a win over their visitors in the Spanish Super Cup but the momentum has since shifted and Barcelona are currently leading them by 11 points.

Real Madrid have given out points to Levante, Fuenlabrada, and Real Betis at home this season.

This will give Barca confidence that they can win here again as they did last season.

Lionel Messi netted the winning goal in last season’s clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and he will be key here as he has outshone his Portuguese counterpart C. Ronaldo this season.

He has netted 14 league goals while Ronaldo has scored just 4.

Messi is also the leading scorer in this fixture with 24 goals.

The Catalans are not just leading the league standings; they are also currently the leading team in terms of recent form as they have collected 20 points from their last 8 games.

They come into this game having not tasted defeat in 23 league games and they have won 20 of those matches.

Regardless of their current form, this game will be considered a must win for Real Madrid.

The last two meetings between these sides ended in wins for Real Madrid.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Real Madrid

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Real Madrid 1-0 Grêmio 16 Dec, 2017 FIFA Club World Cup
W Al-Jazira 1-2 Real Madrid 13 Dec, 2017 FIFA Club World Cup
W Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla FC 9 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund 6 Dec, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid 2 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo La Coruña 17 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 2-0 Sporting CP 5 Dec, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Barcelona 2-2 Celta Vigo 2 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 5-0 Murcia 29 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona 16 Aug, 2017 Spanish Super Cup
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid 13 Aug, 2017 Spanish Super Cup
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona 30 Jul, 2017 International Champions Cup
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona 23 Apr, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid 3 Dec, 2016 Spanish Primera División

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés
January 29, 2018
Celta de Vigo 21:00 Real Betis
February 2, 2018
Real Sociedad 21:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
February 3, 2018
Eibar 13:00 Sevilla
Real Betis 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo Alavés 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Levante 20:45 Real Madrid
February 4, 2018
Getafe 12:00 Leganés
Espanyol 16:15 Barcelona
Girona 18:30 Athletic Bilbao
Atlético de Madrid 20:45 Valencia

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 +48 54
2 Atlético de Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 +20 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 +20 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 +21 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 +6 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 -2 32
7 Celta de Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 +7 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 +5 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 +0 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 -8 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 +1 26
13 Leganés 19 7 4 8 17 19 -2 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 -9 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 -2 23
16 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 1 13 16 29 -13 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 -12 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 20 4 4 12 22 44 -22 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 -31 14
20 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 21, 2018
Real Betis 0 - 5 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 7 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Deportivo Alavés 2 - 2 Leganés
January 20, 2018
Las Palmas 2 - 1 Valencia
Villarreal 2 - 1 Levante
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Girona
Espanyol 0 - 3 Sevilla
January 19, 2018
Getafe 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol

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