Second vs first: Barca vs Real
Its most probably one of the two most important matches in La Liga as Barcelona host Real Madrid.
The other important match being the reverse fixture later in the season at the Bernabeau.
Although this is just round 13, Barca and Real are two teams most probable to occupy the two places at the end of the season.
A win for either team means the team gets an upper hand in the head to head that is used to rank teams should they have the same number of points.
Both teams have been free scoring this season with the two teams scoring 33 goals apiece. The third highest number of goals is 23 for Villarreal.
Real are still to lose a match this season and so Barcelona will be looking forward to inflict their rivals their first defeat of the season.
A win for Real will open a four point gap whilst a Barca win will create a two point lead for them.
Here is some of the stats for the relegation battlers so far this season:
|Failed to score||2||1|
|Ave. goals scored||2.8||2.8|
|Ave. goals conceded||0.5||0.7|
|Biggest win||Real Madrid 6 - 1 Deportivo La Coru๑a|
Real Madrid 6 - 1 R Santander
|Almeria 0 - 8 Barcelona|
|Biggest loss||No loss||Barcelona 0 - 2 Hercules|
|Scored 3 or more||6||6|
|Conceded 3 or more||0||0|
|Scored 5 or more||3||2|
|Conceded 5 or more||0||0|
|Ave. goals scored||3.8||2.0|
|Ave. goals conceded||0.5||0.8|
|Ave. goals scored||1.7||3.5|
|Ave. goals conceded||0.5||0.5|
This match may be a classic but unfortunately La Liga has become a two horse race. These two teams have so much money they dwarf all the other teams and that cannot be good for the league. Last season the team in third place was more than 20 points behind and I think this is hurting the league. I think Barcelona will win though.
Yes Troy, it seems like the gap between the two teams and the rest of the other teams is increasing every year and this cannot be good for the league.