Real Madrid are set to host Barcelona today in what will be the first Clasico of the 2022/23 campaign.
Having registered seven wins and one draw in eight games, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have picked up 22 points, with the Blaugrana topping the table due to goal difference.
In fact, Barcelona have conceded just one goal in LaLiga Santander, while Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet thus far.
As Karim Benzema went on a goalscoring flurry that helped Real Madrid to a Champions League and La Liga double last season, rivals Barcelona were putting their own plans in place to fight firepower with firepower, prolific forward with prolific forward.
Benzema netted 44 times in 46 appearances in all competitions at a rate of 0.96 goals per game to make himself the frontrunner for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
So Barcelona moved for another of this generation’s most renowned number nines in Robert Lewandowski, a player who reached half a century of goals in a Bayern Munich shirt last term at a rate of 1.09 per game.
For the first time on Sunday, when Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Bernabeu, Benzema and Lewandowski look set to lead the line against each other in El Clasico.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona predicted line-ups
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Andriy Lunin; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo Goes, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Barcelona’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Marcos Alonso; Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele.