11 games into the La Liga season and already we’re looking at an El Clasico meeting with real implications for who will prevail in the presumed two and a half horse race. Rafa Benitez leads Real into the massive clash under massive pressure. Defeat to Sevilla before the international break means Real would fall six points behind with defeat in this. As knee-jerk and ridiculous as it seems, his job could depend on events on Saturday night.
To expand on some of the stats provided by Graham in the video:
- There hasn’t been an El Clasico draw in seven meetings. The last came in the Copa Del Rey in January 2013.
- If it’s a draw, it’s very likely to be of the score variety. All nine of their most recent stalemates have been score draws. It’s for the draw and both teams to score.
- The last El Clasico scoreless draw came in November 2002. Patrick Kluivert was leading the line for Barca while for Real, Steve McManaman came on for about the last half an hour.
It’s not all about El Clasico however. It mainly is, but Graham also fancies the for Athletic Bilbao to claim a rare away win at Granada. Here are some of the keys stats.
- Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, winning the last five on the bounce
- Granada haven’t won in nine La Liga games.
- In addition to his tidy haul against Granada, has scored three goals in his last six appearances in all competitions.