Barcelona (BAR) welcome Real Madrid (RM) for the first El Clasico of La Liga 2021-22 season at Camp Nou on Sunday, October 24.

BAR vs RM Dream11 prediction

El Clasico 2021 will be the first meeting between the two teams in the post Messi-Ronaldo era. 

Barcelona and Real Madrid have met in 182 El Clasicos in La Liga, with the former winning 72 and the latter 75 times. Real Madrid have scored 293 goals in these matches, while Barcelona have found the net 290 times.

Due to recent results, neither side is considered a favourite. The Catalans have won two of their last four games, while Real Madrid are doing even worse with only one win in four.

Real Madrid will still benefit from its experience on Sunday despite their recent slump. With an unbalanced team, Koeman’s Barcelona might as well be overpowered by veterans such as Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric.

BAR vs RM Dream11 team tips for La Liga 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

Despite the off-field disturbance, RM forward Karim Benzema will lead the line for his team. This season, the French forward has been in excellent form, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists in eight La Liga matches. In their last league meeting, the 33-year-old scored, and he'll be looking for more on Sunday.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Watch out for Barcelona's new number 10, Ansu Fati. It has been three goals in his last three league matches for the 18-year-old, and he will be a constant threat to the Real Madrid defence, which has allowed four goals in the previous three games.

Top tip: Best defender and goal-keeper

RM right-back Dani Carvajal is expected to play a big role on Sunday. The 29-year-old right-back, who has been missing in recent games, will be tasked with dealing with the threat Memphis Depay poses.

As for a goal-keeper, while it’s a tough choice, Thibaut Courtois could be picked ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

BAR vs RM probable playing XI:

BAR playing XI (probable): Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen (goal-keeper), Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Frenkie De Jong, Sergio Busquets (captain), Gavi, Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay, Sergino Dest

RM playing XI (probable): Thibaut Courtois (goal-keeper), Dani Carvajal, David Alaba, Miguel Gutierrez, Ferlan Mendy, Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Karim Benzema (captain), Vinicius Jr

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