Bitter rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid will lock horns in the first Clasico of the 2020-21 campaign on Saturday afternoon, with both sides looking to bounce back from La Liga defeat last time out.
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 La Liga champions with big questions to answer.
Date, time, and venue
Barcelona vs Real Madrid is scheduled for a 3 pm 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.
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.
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.
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 was 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.