- Barcelona vs Real Madrid will take place on Saturday evening.
- Real Madrid are in second place on 25 points.
- Barcelona are third just a point behind.
Despite having played only ten games in the 2023/24 La Liga campaign, both teams will be hoping to land a significant blow to the other party early on when the mouthwatering fixture takes place.
Real Madrid started matchday 11 top of the table on 25 points, one ahead of Barcelona who are in third place, and will be out to at least maintain that gap over their opponents if not to extend it come game day.
Heading into the match, the Carlo Ancellotti-coached side will be out to reclaim the bragging rights after Barcelona beat them 2-1 in the last league encounter between the two sides.
Should they manage to fork out a similar result by the full-time whistle, Barcelona could leapfrog Madrid in the league standings and will head into the clash full of confidence especially with the fact that they are the only side yet to lose a league fixture this season (W7 D3).
Additionally, they have won all five of their home fixtures this term, four of them without conceding.
Madrid on the other hand will be equally in good spirits considering they have lost only one game in the thirteen they have played in all competitions (W11 D1 L1).
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the clash.
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What time does Barcelona vs Real Madrid start?
Barcelona vs Real Madrid is scheduled to kick off at 5:15pm Kenyan time at the Estadio Olimpico.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Team News
The Spanish champions have been without forwards Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha, midfielders Pedri and Frenkie de Jong and defenders Jules Kounde and Sergi Roberto in the lead-up to the match.
They have been forced to lean heavily on youngsters from their La Masia youth academy, with Fermin Lopez, Lamine Yamal and Marc Guiu all scoring important goals
However, all those key players took part in training on Friday except for Roberto, with head coach Xavi saying he was surprised by their recoveries and determination to play against Real Madrid.
For Real Madrid, the in-form Jude Bellingham is included with the England international set to play his first El Clasico game despite being withdrawn with groin discomfort late on in their Champions League win over Braga on Tuesday. Vini Jr is also fully recovered just in time for the clash.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao will however miss the clash owing to knee injuries.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid head-to-head
The two sides have clashed 83 times previously in the league since their first meeting in 1994. Barcelona have the most number of wins having recorded 38 victories compared to Madrid’s 26 wins with the other 19 ending in draws.
Barcelona wins: 38
Real Madrid wins: 26
Barcelona vs Real Madrid current form
Barcelona have not been beaten since July this year and have only dropped points on three of the 16 games they have played in all competitions during that run (W13 D3).
Madrid on their part are unbeaten in their last six matches (W5 D1) and will be looking to lay a marker when they face the defending champions.
Real Madrid: WDWWW
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Prediction
Matches of this calibre rarely go without both sides testing each other. As a result, goals are expected from both parties considering the kind of firepower they possess within their ranks.
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