El Clásico – 5 things to expect this weekend

In the last 5 seasons, El Clásico has been hugely entertaining football fans around the world. FC Barcelona has won 9 games, Real Madrid has won 7 games and 6 games drew. There were 76 goals scored in 22 games – averaging 3.5 goals per game. It is incredible. High profile high scoring games are usually a delight to watch.

No better game for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo:

There is no better game for Lionel Messi to return from his injury and make his comeback presence felt. This is true especially when Neymar and Luis Suárez have made sure that Lionel Messi is not missed so much by the fans. It remains to be seen if Lionel Messi will return in this game. There is no better game for Cristiano Ronaldo to present a case for his next FIFA Ballon d’Or. From last season performance, it seems Lionel has outperformed Cristiano. However, Ballon d’Or is decided based on votes and votes are cast by some bias of current performance. A stronger performance could push Cristiano Ronaldo’s case better. The game will be a lot exciting with the 2 best footballers on the planet.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - FIFA Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – FIFA Ballon d’Or
Cristiano outruns Lionel in El Clásico:

In the last 5 seasons El Clásico games, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 goals and Lionel Messi has scored 14 goals. Though close, this shows a drastic improvement on Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance. Next comes Karim Benzema with 7 goals. The rest 4 of the top 7 goal scorers are currently not with either teams. Pedro (4), Xavi Hernández (3), Alexis Sánchez (3) and David Villa (3) plays for Chelsea, Al Sadd SC, Arsenal and New York City FC respectively.

El Clásico - Top goal scorers in the last 5 seasons
El Clásico – Top goal scorers in the last 5 seasons
Clean sheet a rarity:

In the last 18 El Clásico’s, there has not been a single clean sheet kept. On an average in these 18 games, 3.7 goals were scored per game. It’s fantastic when coming to such high profile games – a lot of goal scoring action to fans’ delight.

El Clásico - FC Barcelona and Real Madrid goals
El Clásico – FC Barcelona and Real Madrid goals
El Scuffle Clásico:

FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid is known for incessant players’ scuffles in the recent times. In the last 5 seasons La Liga and Champions League games, El Clásico saw an average of 7.6 yellow cards per game and 0.4 red cards per game. Compared to this, this season entire La Liga’s numbers are 5.5 yellow cards per game and 0.3 red cards per game. That’s a big difference. We shall expect the same this weekend. After all, what’s an El Clásico without players fighting, arguing with referees and pumping their fists?

El Clásico - Players Scuffle
El Clásico – Players Scuffle
Possession game:

In the La Liga and Champions League El Clásico’s from the last 5 seasons, FC Barcelona has always dominated the possession irrespective of the venue in which the game is held. Though the trend is going downwards, we do not expect this El Clásico to be any different. FC Barcelona might dominate possession this weekend against Real Madrid.

2010-2015 - FC Barcelona - Possession against Real Madrid
2010-2015 – FC Barcelona – Possession against Real Madrid
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