Barcelona vs Real Madrid: El Clasico preview

Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns once again in one of the biggest rivalries in football: El Clasico.

Ronald Koeman and Zinedine Zidane go head to head at Camp Nou, and neither manager will want to make a misstep so early on in what will be a taxing 2020/21 season.

Given Lionel Messi‘s clash with the Barca board this summer, this could well be the Argentine legend’s final Clasico home game at Camp Nou – and if it is, he will want to be going out with a bang.

As for Real, Zidane is under pressure heading into this battle given Real have lost two on the trot, and a hat-trick of defeats – especially to Barca – will leave the Liga champions with big questions to answer.

Date, time and venue

Barcelona vs Real Madrid is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

This match will be played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: UK viewers will be able to watch the match on Premier Sports, in conjunction with LaLigaTV – Sky channel 435 – which holds the rights to show Spanish football across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

LaLigaTV is available from £5.99 to Sky UK and Virgin customers across the UK, as well as via streaming on the Premier Player app. Click here for more informarion.

Team news

Marc-Andre ter Stegen remains sidelined, while Samuel Umtiti is a major injury doubt. Jordi Alba should return from a hamstring injury.

As for Real, Eden hazard is sidelined yet again along with Dani Carvajal. Mariano Diaz, Alvaro Odriozola and Sergio Ramos are on the comeback trail, though Martin Odegaard is a doubt.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Neither side is in full flow, with Real in particular coming off the back of two shock home defeats. Barca demolished Ferencvaros 5-1 in the Champions League, but were shaky at the back early on – and Real will look to get at Koeman’s defence.

Los Blancos were masters of squeezing out results during the run-in last term, and Zidane’s side will surely tighten up at Camp Nou. Both managers would probably privately take a point at this stage as they get their teams up to speed.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

There have been 244 competitive Clasico clashes, with the two sides tied on 96 wins apiece with 52 draws.

Their last LaLiga meeting at Camp Nou ended 0-0, while Real beat Barca 2-0 in March to fire their title charge.

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • Barcelona to win: 11/10
  • Real to win: 13/5
  • Draw: 14/5
  • 1-1 draw: 7/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.

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