Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening in their La Liga clash, which was originally supposed to be held in December.
Barcelona and Real Sociedad played to a stalemate on Saturday evening in a thrilling encounter that ended in a 2-2 draw at the Anoeta. The San Sebastian based hosts got their noses in front through a calmly dispatched penalty from Mikel Oyarzabal before Antoine Griezmann restored parity for Ernesto Valverde’s men prior to half-time.
Luis Suarez was teed up for a simple finish by Lionel Messi to make it 2-1 to the Blaugrana, but Sociedad’s relentless pursuit of at least a point paid off when Alexander Isak, who started ahead of Willian Jose equalized for the home side. The Anoeta has always been a bogey ground for Barca, but by the end of this weekend, their standing may get worse.
Real Madrid visit the Mestalla to take on Valencia and should Zinedine Zidane’s side get to three points on their awayday, then Barcelona will go into the El Clasico placed second in La Liga Santander, two points behind their arch rivals. The Catalans are undefeated in the last six outings against Real Madrid and the Camp Nou will certainly favour them more.
El Clasico is by far the most anticipated fixture in the footballing world and after being postponed from the last week of October, it is finally set to go ahead on Wednesday evening. Despite it being a weekday, there is no reason why the stadium wouldn’t be a full house and the match would be a decaffeinated one.
Here’s a look at the four likely elements which may twist the balance in the Blaugrana’s favour when the Merengues come visiting mid-week.