Show time: Real Madrid welcome Barcelona in first El Clasico of the season – Soccer World – Spain

Arch rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other in one of the most anticipated football matches in the world. The 250th edition of El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is today from 5:15 p.m and will be broadcast live on MAX Sport 4.

Both teams have performed very strongly in La Liga since the start of the season, sharing the top spot in the standings with 22 points after eight games played, but the Catalans have the advantage on goal difference. After a difficult last season, Xavi Hernandez managed to revive Barca with the help of classy new signings brought in during the summer transfer window, among which the name of unerring goalscorer Robert Lewandowski stands out. However, the Catalans have struggled in the Champions League, picking up just one point from their three games against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, leaving them very close to being eliminated in the group stage of the tournament for the second year in a row.

On Sunday, they will have the chance to get revenge on their fans for the disappointing 3-3 draw with the Nerazzurri at the Spotify Camp Nou on Wednesday. However, they will have a tough task against Real, who have started the new season in the form in which they ended the previous one, in which Real won the Spanish title and the Champions League trophy. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have dropped just two points in La Liga since the start of the campaign and have already secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the departure of central midfielder Casemiro in the summer not affecting Madrid’s performance.

An issue for Real will be the absence of injured goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with centre-back Antony RΓΌdiger also questionable after the heavy knock he picked up against Shakhtar Donetsk last week. Barcelona also have personnel issues, particularly in defence, with Andreas Christensen and Ronald Araujo out, but according to Marca newspaper, Jules Cunde has now recovered and will be fit to play. Memphis Depay, Frank Kessier and Hector Beyerin also miss the match.

This will be the 250th official match between Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​with Real having a slight advantage with 100 wins to Barca’s 97 and 52 draws. For the championship, the two giants of Spain have met so far 184 times, and in these matches 295 goals have been scored.



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Probable lineups of both teams:

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): 13. Andrii Lunin – 23. Ferland Mendy, 4. David Alaba, 3. Eder Militao, 2. Daniel Carvajal – 8. Toni Kroos, 18. Aurelien Chouameni, 10. Luka Modric – 20. Vinicius Junior, 9. Karim Benzema, 15. Federico Valverde

Head Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

BARCELONA (4-3-3): 1. Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 28. Alejandro Balde, 24. Eric Garcia, 3. Gerard Pique, 23. Jules Kunde – 8. Pedri, 5. Sergio Busquets, 30. Gavi – 22. Rafinha, 9. Robert Lewandowski, 7. Ousmane Dembele

Head Coach: Xavi Hernandez

Chief Judge: Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, Spain

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

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