Kicking off at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday 21st at 17:15 GMT, this will be the 230th competitive match between the two colossal sides, and one to remember hopefully! Reigning title holders Barcelona lead Real by 3 points in La Liga, but Real do host the greater goal difference of +19, compared to +13 of Barca, losing just once so far with strategist Rafa Benitez at the helm. The home side are slight favourites for the tie despite losing their last league game 3-2 away to Sevilla. This was Real’s first defeat of the season, so it is Barcelona who are the more notable in-form side following a comfortable 3-0 victory against Villarreal and are now undefeated in 7 games from all competitions, with 4 consecutive league wins.
It is fair to say that Barcelona have managed just pretty much fine without their Messi’ah, with Neymar and Suarez both kindly contributing and topping the La Liga scorers table in the process! Neymar scored a wonderful goal last week to make it 11 goals so far, and Suarez has 9, both marginally ahead of Ronaldo’s 8. Messi is the fixture’s top scorer of all time however, with 21 goals from 21 games in all competitions incredibly, and the talisman could well make his long awaited return from injury in this crucial tie, having since re-joined his teammates in training. Barcelona did win the last El Clasico meeting 2-1 last March.
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