Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou in La Liga on Sunday for El Clasico, which will be played without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since 2007.
Even with Ronaldo now at Juventus and Messi sidelined through injury, the match is not short of star quality, with players like Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez all expected to feature in one of football’s most watched matches.
Check out 90min’s preview for Sunday’s Clasico below.
How to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Sunday 28 October|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:15 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Camp Nou|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Eleven Sports|
|Referee?||José Sánchez Martínez|
Barcelona are without Messi, who suffered an arm injury against Sevilla and is expected to be sidelined for three weeks. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen’s absences mean Clement Lenglet should partner Gerard Pique in defence.
Dani Carvajal is not expected to be make it so
|Barcelona||Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Coutinho, Suarez, Rafinha.|
|Real Madrid||Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Isco, Benzema, Bale.|
Head to Head Record
Los Blancos have the edge when it comes to head to head results, winning 95 of the 238 games played in all competitions. Barca are only two behind on 93, with 50 fixtures ending in draws.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last four La Liga games against Madrid but haven’t beaten their bitter rivals in the league at Camp Nou since March 2015, when Jeremy Mathieu and Luis Suarez netted.
Real Madrid’s biggest win came in 1943 when they smashed Barca 11-1 in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona have recorded seven victories by five goal margins, the most recent coming in 2010 when David Villa scored twice in a 5-0 success.
Much has been made of Real Madrid’s recent poor form, with manager Julen Lopetegui expected to be sacked if his side lose on Sunday.
Strangely enough, they are only four points behind Barcelona, who currently top La Liga, so a win could turn the mood around the Bernabeu.
They’ll have to overcome some stuttering recent form to prevail on Sunday, with the Viktoria Plzen triumph their first win in six games.
Barcelona haven’t had too many issues this season, although they will be frustrated their lead at the top of La Liga is not as big as it could be after drawing three of their nine games.
Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:
|Barcelona 2-0 Inter (24/10)||Real Madrid 2-1 Viktoria Plzen (23/10)|
|Barcelona 4-2 Sevilla (20/10)||Real Madrid 1-2 Levante (20/10)|
|Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (7/10)||Alaves 1-0 Real Madrid (6/10)|
|Tottenham 2-4 Barcelona (3/10)||CSKA Moscow 1-0 Real Madrid (2/10)|
|Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (29/9)||Real Madrid 0-0 Atletico Madrid (29/9)|
Real Madrid have had a bit of a mare in recent weeks with some shoddy results, but they should be a little more confidence following their Champions League win against V
It probably won’t be an instant classic, but expect Barca to come out on top.
Prediction: Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid