In the world’s most popular football rivalry, there’s no love lost, but this year’s El Clasico may have a little extra bite to it.
Real Madrid host Barcelona as both are tied atop the La Liga table, though the Blaugrana have the slight edge on goal difference. The two sides are both unbeaten through league play so far and sport identical records (7W-0L-1D, 22 points).
Barcelona have been impressive in their eight domestic matches thus far, holding their opponents to just a single goal, while scoring 20 of their own during that span. But a once confident side is now doubting itself after a midweek draw at home to Inter Milan has left them on the cusp of elimination from the UEFA Champions League.
Madrid, meanwhile, have excelled in the Champions League, becoming one of the first clubs to mathematically confirm a place in the knockout stage. But they’ve not been blowing out the competition in La Liga or in Europe, and they needed a late Antonio Rudiger goal just to come away with a draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek.
But Real Madrid have a reputation of rising up to the big occasion, and they’ll be keen on reminding Barcelona that the defending La Liga and European champions reside in the Spanish capital.
The match starts at 16:15 Live HD