Barça's and Madrid's strengths ahead of El Clásico
Barcelona's numerical superiority at the top of the table tells a very different story from both sides' numbers over this league campaign.
As El Clásico looms on Sunday evening (20:45 CET), the huge gap between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the table tells a very different story from both sides' form in defence and attack over the league campaign.
The stats show that Real Madrid have given away more chances than Barcelona over the season - Los Culés have conceded 114 shots on goal compared to Madrid's 133, which is why Valverde's side concede an average of 0.62 goals to Los Blancos' 1.09. In terms of corners, Barcelona concede an average of 4.06 per game as opposed to Madrid's 3.59.
Passing and possession
Both sides also have similar numbers in the attacking third; according to Opta, Valverde's men have created 130 clear chances on goal over this league campaign, scoring 53 and missing 77. Zidane's side, however, has converted 49 clear opportunities and have missed 79. Moreover, both sides have had a similar number of shots on goal: Barcelona 251 and Madrid 257.