NEWS STORY. 23/01/2022. Edu Bueno
Real Madrid and Barça lock horns at the WiZink Center tonight in the matchday 16 Clásico encounter in the league, which was due to be played on January 2 but was postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases in the azulgrana squad. The teams go head-to-head for the third time this season, the first in the league, where our boys lead the pack with 16 wins in 17 games. Barça sit second, with eleven wins and three defeats.
Madrid are on a 10-match winning run in the league, a streak which began on 31 October 2021. This week has also seen them rise to the top of the Euroleague table, after a win in Berlin (74-89) while the azulgranas lost in Kazan. Laso's team head into the Clásico looking to extend the gap at the top and continue their impressive run of form.
Video.Real Madrid-Barça: looking to extend the lead at the top of the league
As ever, the Clásico will be decided by the finest of margins. Real Madrid are the league's highest-rated team (97.6 average) and have the edge in the majority of statistics. They're scoring just higher than Barça and defending better too, but they'll have to show why out on the court against powerful opposition who have Calathes and Higgins back in contention. For our side, Deck could make his first appearance in front of the home fans since his return, having completed his comeback in Berlin. Laso confirmed he has a full squad available, with the exception of Causeur.
Third Clásico of the season
The head-to-head record reads one win apiece this season. The madridistas were victorious 83-88 in the Super Cup final in Tenerife and the azulgranas came out on top in the Euroleague meeting at the Palau. Since then, on 10 December, Madrid have won all 10 of their fixtures across the two competitions, while Barça have only managed five from nine. All set for a Clásico night at the WiZink Center with a tribute for Felipe Reyes coming up too.