Are you in the mood for soccer classics? Then this is the perfect day for you.

FC Barcelona | El Clasico
FC Barcelona will rely on its young players to take over from Messi and decide the Clasico this year. (Image: Twitter/fcbarcelona)

Just sit back and enjoy, as football’s greats get ready to enchant in some of the most anticipated games of the season.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

FC Barcelona head into El Clasico after two essential wins over the past week. First, they won against Valencia at Camp Nou in La Liga 3-1, then they beat Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League 1-0 to keep their chances of qualification to the knock-out stages alive. Real, on the other hand, lost in Barcelona against Espanyol last weekend, then went on to win convincingly in the Champions League themselves, 5-0 away vs Shakhtar Donetsk.

Real’s La Liga defeat to Espanyol interrupted a seven-game winning streak that had seen them climb to the top of the table. Now, Real sit third, on 17 points, three behind Real Sociedad. Madrid played a game less, so they could equal Sociedad if they win their match in hand.

Barcelona are fifth in the table, on 15 points, and are unbeaten at home in five (four wins and one draw).

The last El Clasico played in the 2020-21 season saw Real Madrid win 2-1 against their arch-rivals. Benzema scored first, then Kroos made it 2-0, before Oscar Mingueza netted for Barcelona on the hour mark.

Real Madrid is unbeaten in El Clasico in the last four clashes, winning three and drawing one. Barcelona’s last win came in March 2019. In the last four Clasicos, Real scored seven goals, compared to Barcelona’s only two. Benzema is the player Barcelona’s defense should fear most. The Frenchman is on nine goals in the derbies against Barca. Memphis Depay is Barcelona’s main hope for goals. The Dutch attacker scored four goals since the start of the campaign.

Barcelona are slight favorites to win the first El Clasico of the season at +145. Real is at +165, with a draw at +260.

Barca will be without Araujo, Pedri, Dembele, and Braithwaite, while Real Madrid will not be able to count on Jovic, Isco, Bale, and Dani Ceballos.

Manchester United vs Liverpool

Liverpool enjoyed a fantastic start to the Premier League season and travel to Old Trafford in a great moment. Last weekend, they smashed Watford at home 5-0 to continue their unbeaten run this season. Liverpool won five and drew three and are second in the Premier League table, just a point behind Chelsea, who yesterday beat Norwich 7-0 and have a game plus.

On the other hand, United are sixth, on 14 points. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are winless in three games (ome draw, two losses). Last week, the Red Devils lost 4-2 away in Leicester.

The previous clash between United and Liverpool ended with the visitors winning 4-2 at Old Trafford last season. Goals from Firmino (two), Diogo Jota, and Mohamed Salah offered Liverpool an essential win in their run for a Champions League place at the end of the campaign. United’s goals were scored by Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six games against United in the Premier League, winning three and drawing three. Manchester United last won in front of their bitter rivals in March 2018. Since then, Liverpool lead the goals as well, 10-4.

Man. United need to keep their eyes on Mohamed Salah, who netted seven times this season, being the league’s top goalscorer, alongside Jamie Vardy. United duo Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes have scored four goals each. Cristiano Ronaldo is on three goals since his return to Manchester at the end of August.

On home soil, United has won two, drew one, and lost one this season. Liverpool are undefeated in their away games, with three wins and one draw. Their unbeaten streak away from Anfield now lasts for 11 games. Liverpool last lost an official away game in Leicester, on 13 February.

The bookies have Liverpool as favorites to win at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The visitors are at +130, with United at +200 and a draw at +250.

United will be without Varane and Fred, while Rashford and Bruno Fernandes are doubtful. Thiago Alcantara is Liverpool’s only absentee.

Marseille vs PSG

Le Classique is on every French football fan’s lips this weekend. Leo Messi’s first volcano game in the PSG shirt since joining from Barcelona is a global clash now more than ever.

Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers at home 2-1 in their last game and are top of the Ligue 1 table after 10 games. PSG won nine matches so far this season. Rennes crushed Paris’ perfect record by beating them 2-0 three weeks ago, but the Millionaires seem destined for the title. Now on 27 points, PSG sit nine points ahead of Lens, with Marseille third, 10 points behind the Ligue 1 leaders.

Marseille’s 4-1 win over Lorient last weekend was their first after three games (one draw, two defeats).

PSG were victors in the last Classique played in 2020-21, a 2-0 win away in Marseille at the Velodrome. Goals from Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi gave Paris the points. Mbappe remains the main threat to Marseille’s defense. The super forward is now on six goals. He netted one more than OM’s Dmitri Payet, the key attacking player on Jose Sampaoli’s side.

Marseille won three, drew one, and lost once at home this season. PSG’s travels have concluded in four wins and one defeat.

PSG are at -172 to win in Marseille, with the hosts at +400. A draw is at +350.

PSG are expected to start their diamond attack at the Velodrome, with Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar all fit for the game. Sergio Ramos, who is yet to make his debut in the PSG shirt, is still recovering from injury.

The Day of Clasicosย on Sunday is completed by the Inter vs Juventus clash at the San Siro in Milan and the Ajax vs PSV match in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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