With Jose Mourinho's men still toiling to get a foothold in the Primera Division, Saturday's encounter against rivals Barca is the last chance to end their title drought
|Real Madrid: Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria; Adebayor
|Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Busquets, Adriano; Xavi, Keita, Iniesta; Villa, Messi, Pedro
- Real Madrid have only ever won when they’ve taken the lead in La Liga action this term
- The Bernabeu club tend to be quick starters when they play home Clasicos; registering in the opening 15 minutes of four of the last six
- This season, Madrid have proven the best team offensively in the league in the early stages of games, striking 11 times in the opening quarter of an hour.
- Spanish players account for only two goals scored by Jose Mourinho’s men in league action this season (Sergio Ramos vs. Athletic Bilbao and Esteban Granero vs Almeria)
- The 31-time Spanish kings have conceded the fewest left-footed goals in the Primera Division this season (three), and also the fewest goals from set pieces (three)
- Barcelona have won their last five matches against Madrid, representing their best sequence of results against the nine-time European champions
- Pedro is the only player to have scored in each of the last two fixtures between the sides, while Lionel Messi has registered in his last two matches at the Bernabeu
- Pep Guardiola’s side have scored fewer headed goals in the Primera Division than all of their rivals, barring Espanyol and Getafe, but they have scored more than any other team from outside the box (14)
- The opening 15 minutes of matches has proven kind to the visitors this season; they’ve yet to concede during that time-frame.
November 29, 2010: Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid
The Clasico of late November will be remembered as one of the complete performances from Barcelona, who played some otherworldly football to make their great rivals look distinctly average. Lionel Messi had hit the post before strikes from Xavi and Andres Iniesta put the hosts 2-0 up at the break. There was no relent thereafter, as David Villa struck a brace and Jeffren Suarez got on the scoresheet before it all got rather ugly at the death, with Sergio Ramos dismissed.