Real, Barca face off in title battle

Friday, 9th April 2010 8:41pm
In La Liga's round 31, giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in a match that could well decide the destination of the title.

La Liga uses head-to-head to determine table placings in the event of a points tie and in their first match earlier in the season Barca won 1-nil.

Real will need to win this tie to get even on head-to-head should the two teams finish on the same number of points at the end of the season.

Real and Barca are so much ahead of the other teams with third placed Valencia on 56 points and 21 points behind and therefore the two teams have virtually secured the top two places.

In the last round Real won 2-nil away to Racing Santander and that was the first time since January for the team to fail to score three goals or more in a league match.

Barca has the best defence in the league at the moment having conceded just 19 goals.

This showdown sees the team with the best home form play the team with the best away form.

Here are some of the some of the stats for the two teams so far this season:


Real MadridBarcelona
Played3030
Points7777
Drawn25
Won2524
Lost31
Goal difference5756
Clean sheets1416
Failed to score41
Goals scored8375
Goals conceded2619
Ave. goals scored2.82.5
Ave. goals conceded0.90.6
Biggest winReal Madrid 6 - 0 Zaragoza
Barcelona 6 - 1 Zaragoza
Tenerife 0 - 5 Barcelona
Biggest lossSevilla 2 - 1 Real Madrid
Barcelona 1 - 0 Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao 1 - 0 Real Madrid
Atletico 2 - 1 Barcelona
Score 3 or more1913
Concede 3 or more00
Home matches
Played1515
Points4543
Drawn01
Won1514
Lost00
Goal difference3734
Goals scored5043
Goals conceded139
Ave. goals scored3.32.9
Ave. goals conceded0.90.6
Away matches
Played1515
Points3234
Drawn24
Won1010
Lost31
Goal difference2022
Goals scored3332
Goals conceded1310
Ave. goals scored2.22.1
Ave. goals conceded0.90.7

King wrote on Saturday, 10th April 2010 6:56am
I think this is the only match that matters for these two teams. They are so far ahead of the other teams and apart from a few teams like Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico all the other teams look like they come from a lower division when they play these two.

That's why week in week out you see Real Madrid and Barcelona scoring 3, 4 or 5 goals each match.

I think this two horse race may not be good for La Liga because its reducing key matches to just two in a way.
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Wes wrote on Sunday, 11th April 2010 5:02am
Yes King, La Liga has been essentially a two horse race this season with Real and Barca so dominant. For example, Real has scored 50 goals at home and this is more than what third placed Valencia has scored in all its matches. I also don't think that the two horse is good for La Liga but I hope that next season more teams will challenge these two teams.
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