The first El Clasico of the La Liga season is upon us as Real Madrid host league leaders Barcelona on Sunday evening.

The first El Clasico of the La Liga season is upon us as Real Madrid host league leaders Barcelona on Sunday evening.

The hosts are in 2nd place with 22 points, tied with their eternal rivals Barcelona.

Real Madrid beat Getafe 1-0 in their last league game while Barca were also winners against Celta Vigo by the same score line.

Madrid proved to be better than Barca in La Liga last term, ultimately finishing 13 points clear of the Catalan club.

Los Blancos have won 4 of their last 5 league games against Barca, but they suffered a 4-0 defeat to their bitter rivals in the corresponding fixture at Bernabeu last season.

Barcelona have not actually won La Liga since the 2018-19 campaign, while Real Madrid are the current Spanish champions.

The winner of this clash will not only take home bragging rights but also will end the weekend atop the La Liga standings.

Who will come out on top in this fixture? Click here to make your predictions.

What time does Real Madrid vs Barcelona start?

The game kicks off at 5:15pm Kenyan time at the Santiago Bernabeau.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona team news

Thibaut Courtouis remains unavailable for selection due to a back injury, joining Dani Ceballos on the sidelines.

Federico Valverde is set to start for the hosts, as well as Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric in midfield.

Karim Benzema is fit and will start up front, alongside Vinicius Junior to provide an extra attacking threat.

Jules Kounde and Eric Garcia are both expected to return to the side in time for the El Clasico.

Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele will both start up front, most likely Ansu Fati ahead of Raphinha.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona head to head

Barca hold a slight advantage after winning 26 games from the 67 games played between the two, compared to Madrid’s 23 wins.

Another 18 games have ended in a draw.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona current form

Both sides have won 3 games in their last 5, but Madrid are unbeaten in that run with Barcelona losing once.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona prediction

Despite the long lasting rivalry, Real Madrid are tipped as favorites to win on the day.

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