LaLiga Preview: Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Meet Again in El Clasico

LaLiga Preview: Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Meet Again in El Clasico

Isaac Darko
April 19, 2024 at 10:18 AM
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  • LaLaiga EA Sports matchday 32 returns at the various league centres
  • Real Madrid lock horns against Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
  • Sports Brief previews all the matches coming up this weekend

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Matchday 32 of the LaLiga EA Sports season was always going to be a special one, with the second El Clasico of the league campaign taking place, but there are several other important fixtures too, in addition to this latest duel between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Real Madrid lock horns against Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid lock horns against Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
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Athletic Club vs Granada CF

For example, the very first game of the round, Athletic Club vs Granada CF on Friday night, is huge in terms of the race for Champions League qualification.

The Basque side have fallen four points behind Atlético de Madrid in the battle to make the top four, but will view playing at home against the second-bottom side as a great opportunity to get back on track.

RC Celta vs UD Las Palmas

On Saturday, attention turns to the relegation battle as the likes of Cádiz CF, RC Celta and Rayo Vallecano are all in action.

First up is RC Celta vs UD Las Palmas, as the Galician side look to take advantage of the Canary Islanders’ poor form, with Los Amarillos having failed to win any of their past seven.

Rayo Vallecano vs Osasuna

Rayo Vallecano are still not safe from the threat of relegation, so they’ll hope to take all three points when they welcome CA Osasuna to Vallecas, especially given that their home form has been very good under new coach Iñigo Pérez.

Valencia CF vs Real Betis

At 18:30 CEST on Saturday, there is another huge match. In the entire matchday, perhaps only El Clasico stands out above Valencia CF vs Real Betis in terms of potential significance.

That’s because Valencia CF currently occupy the final European qualification position, but they’re only two points above Los Verdiblancos and could be overtaken if Manuel Pellegrini’s side storm Mestalla and take the win.

Girona vs Cádiz

The final game of Saturday then sees Girona FC clash with Cádiz CF. The Catalan side may have won 1-0 when they met earlier this season, but it should be kept in mind that Cádiz CF went down to 10 men after just 10 minutes that day.

They’ll expect to battle with 11 players for longer this time around.

Real Sociedad vs Getafe

Sunday is ELCLASICO day and the action begins with Real Sociedad’s visit to Getafe CF, with La Real looking to make sure they qualify for Europe next season.

For Takefusa Kubo, this means a return to one of his former clubs and he’ll look to prove himself at the Coliseum.

Almería vs Villarreal

Next up, UD Almería host Villarreal CF and everyone tuning in should make sure to watch until the very end of each half.

That’s because Villarreal CF’s 2-1 victory from their previous meeting was achieved with a goal in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time and in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.

Deportivo Alavés vs Atlético Madrid

Deportivo Alavés vs Atlético de Madrid is next up and it’ll be interesting to see how Diego Simeone’s side respond to their midweek Champions League elimination.

Keen to ensure they qualify for the same competition next year, Los Colchoneros will have to be at the top of their game, especially given that their on-loan striker Samu Omorodion is able to take on his parent club.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Then, at 21:00 CEST, it’s time for ELCLASICO, the match that will be watched around the world.

Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will put on a show at the Bernabéu, giving their maximum in search of the three valuable points on offer.

The home side know that a win would extend their lead at the top to 11 points, but that defeat to Barça would reduce it to just five.

With this being Xavi’s final ELCLASICO, he’ll make the trip with extra motivation, keen to make his mark at a stadium where he has achieved huge wins as a player and as a coach. It promises to be a spectacle that no football fan will want to miss.

Sevilla vs Mallorca

There is one final Matchday 32 fixture on Monday night, when Sevilla FC and RCD Mallorca meet in the Andalusian capital.

For Javier Aguirre’s side, this means a return to the city where they just lost the Copa del Rey final and they won’t want to board the flight home following another disappointing result.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)