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El Clasico: Four must-know stats

El Clasico: Four must-know stats ahead of Barcelona vs Real Madrid

December 16, 2019 By Ali M.
Los Blancos are gearing up for a tricky trip to the Camp Nou in the last Clasico of the 2010s decade.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are gearing up to lock horns in El Clasico, one of if not the biggest club rivalry in world football. The two clubs will battle it out at Camp Nou for the first of two encounters in La Liga this season in a fixture that could have a huge effect on the title race.

Both sides dropped points over the weekend, with the Blaugrana drawing 2-2 at Real Sociedad and Los Blancos needing a stoppage-time equalizer to end the clash with Valencia 1-1. As a result, both sides are level on points heading into this tie, showing the importance of winning this game. Here are five interesting stats you must know.

Real Madrid's unimpressive recent record against their bitter rivals

Real Madrid pride themselves as being one of the biggest clubs in the world. However, domestically, they have struggled against Barcelona. Los Blancos have won a third of the league titles the Blaugrana have in this decade, and this shows in their recent head-to-head record, winning only four of their last 22 league clashes since December 2008 and none of their last six.

Their overall head-to-head record in the 2010s

With this decade coming to an end, this will be the last Clasico of the 2010s. The two clubs have locked horns a whopping 36 times in this decade, spanning across La Liga, the Champions League, Copa del Rey, and Spanish Super Cup. From those encounters, the Catalan giants almost boast a 50% win rate, emerging triumphant 17 times. Nine of those clashes ended in stalemates while Los Merengues were victorious 10 times.

Barcelona's attack vs their defense: the day and night comparison

Both sides have been inconsistent this term. While Valverde's side have outscored their opponents so far this season – Messi and Co. are the highest-scoring team in the league – by 43 goals to 33, Barcelona also boast the joint-worst defense in the top six alongside Real Sociedad, conceding a whopping 20 times.

Despite his poor campaign, Courtois boasts six clean sheets -- Real Madrid as a whole boast seven -- while the Catalan giants have managed only four. Will the Blaugrana's attack carry them to victory or will the defense hand the win to the visitors?

Barcelona, Real Madrid, La Liga, El Clasico

Who are the top scorers and assist makers in the league so far?

When looking at the top scorers and assist makers in the league so far this season, a certain six-time Ballon d'Or winner pops up in both categories. In the Pichichi race, Benzema and Messi are both tied on 12 goals each. This is despite the fact that the Arentine has featured in 11 games, four fewer than the Frenchman.

Furthermore, Leo is also the joint-highest playmaker in 2019/20, racking up six assists in those 11 games and is equal with Valencia's Rodrigo. Benzema is in a close second with five alongside four other players.


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