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Real Madrid Castilla vs Barcelona B match preview

The mini Clasico returns on Saturday for the first time in seven years

Real Madrid Castilla v Barcelona B - Liga Adelante Photo by Victor Carretero/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Real Madrid Castilla face FC Barcelona B on Saturday at 9 pm local time.

Castilla have been really struggling this season, sitting in 15th position in the league table with seven points, which is just not what we expect from a team of Castilla’s caliber. They’ve won two games, drawn one and lost the remaining four Their last game, against UD Cornella, ended in a 1-0 loss for Castilla, making it four losses in four away games for the team. Thankfully, this next game against Barcelona B is at home, where they’ve won twice and drawn a game that they should’ve actually won.

Barcelona B have had a rocky start to their season as well, but they’re still ahead of Real Madrid on points as well as on goal difference. They’re currently in 7th place. Even if Castilla manage to win this game, they’d still be a point behind their rivals Barcelona. The Catalans have won three out of their last four games, the most recent one of those victories took place on the last matchday, when they defeated Andorra 2-1. They lost the game before that, though.

Castilla desperately need this win to get back into playoff contention, which honestly seems like a sentence I’ve been saying in every single one of my previews.

I think Miguel Gutierrez should make a return to the Castilla starting line-up, as the first team doesn’t play any game until Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk. Antonio Blanco should take his place in the starting XI as well, along with Sergio Arribas, Oscar Aranda and the majority of the players that started in the loss against Cornella. Toni Fuidias should also make his way back into the starting line-up.

This will be the 37th game between Castilla and Barcelona B. The only team Castilla have played is Atletico Madrid B, with 55. Out of the 36 games between the two teams, Castilla have won 17, drawn six and lost the remaining 13 games. Their last meeting was way back in the 2013-14 season, when Castilla defeated their eternal rivals 3-1.

Viewers in Europe with a Footters subscription will be able to watch the game live, as well as on demand, on the Footters website. The game would also be shown on Real Madrid TV.