A few facts to get us going;
Barcelona remain unbeaten in seven league games against Real Madrid (W6 D1), their best-ever run against the merengues.
Guardiola’s Barcelona have won six league games against Madrid, their most against any team is seven (Sporting, Racing, Málaga).
The azulgranahave won their last three league matches at home to Real Madrid, scoring eight goals and conceding none.
In three matches at home to sides from Madrid in the league this season Barcelona have bagged 13 goals and conceded none.
The blancos have failed to score on their last three league visits to the Camp Nou (L3), only three times before in their history have they not found the net in four in a row (six vs Barcelona, and four vs Valencia and Depor).
Since its 1957 inauguration, Real Madrid have won more league matches at the Camp Nou than any other side (11, Atlético 10).
Barcelona have won 11 consecutive league matches (33 goals scored and eight conceded); only two sides have ever managed as many in a row in Primera: Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Real Madrid is unbeaten in 18 league games (W15 D3), their longest run in a single season since 96/97 (24).
After Bayern (six), Barcelona have conceded the fewest goals at home of all sides in Europe’s top five leagues (eight).
Mourinho’s side are the highest-scoring away side in Europe’s top-five leagues this season (44, a club record, and eight more than Man Utd this season).
Leo Messi has scored in 10 consecutive league games; no Barcelona player has ever scored in 11 in a row.
Sergio Ramoshas seen more cards in games against Barcelona (seven yellows, one red) than any other side in the league.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20 away goals in the league this season, beating Dani Güiza’s 19 with Mallorca in 2007/08.
Should Mourinho’s men win today, it will be his first victory over Barcelona at Camp since he started his coaching career
The last time Real Madrid visited Camp Nou in the league last season, Mourinho got a beating of his life, Madrid shipping 5 goals on the night.
A Madrid win would put them seven points clear of Madrid at the top while a Barcelona win would put Barcelona at position two but just behind Madrid with a point
Manager’s quotes heading into the game
Barcelona; Pep Guardiola
“Leo Messiand Cristiano Ronaldo feed off each other, they are apart from everyone else. We’re lucky to be afforded the chance to enjoy some great football players. They are decisive players. They score when the team is playing well or when the team is playing poorly.”
NB; Mourinho’s media blackout continues and he is not available for comments, his assistant speaks out, here is what he had to say
Real Madrid; Aitor Karanka (Real Madrid assistant Coach)
“They are three important points because they are against a direct rival, but there are four games left after that whether we draw, win or lose. We have all 24 members of the team available and we are delighted.”
Depending on whatever side you take, this is gonna be an explosive affair for sure. Each team can close In on the league title and with an eye on the Champions League second legs, the team selections will be interesting to watch.
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