Real Madrid vs Barcelona: The first El Clasico of the season arrives on Sunday when Barcelona welcomes bitter rival Real Madrid to the Camp Nou. Barca will be without the injured Lionel Messi, while it will be the first Clasico in over a decade to not feature Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese star’s summer move to Juventus.
Barcelona will take on Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8:15 a.m. PST at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
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Barcelona drew Real Madrid 2-2 when the two clubs last faced each other in May. But this will be a different El Clasico as Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer with Real Madrid.
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Real Madrid leads Barcelona in head-to-head results between the two clubs. Real Madrid has 95 wins in competitive matches against Barcelona, while Barcelona has 92 wins.
If you are looking to watch Barcelona take on Real Madrid in El Clasico, here’s what you need to know:
What: Barcelona will take on Real Madrid in El Clasico.
When: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8:15 a.m. PST (11:15 a.m. EST).
Where: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
TV Channel: beIN Sports (In Portland: Comcast 423).
How to watch online: Live on beIN Sports Connect or FuboTV (free trial).
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Without Messi, Barcelona likely won’t be as sharp. But Real Madrid has been awful all season long. In the past, form never really mattered in this content, and it’s always full of surprises. But it just doesn’t feel like this Real Madrid team is capable of actually going to Barca and winning.
Simply put, Real Madrid stinks right now. The team is going through a really rough moment and had a goal-scoring drought thata lasted over 400 minutes. The team went winless in five consecutive games, losing four of them. It boils down to not having a finisher like Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. The team has created chances but the scoring boost has been absent. For a club used to being dominant, it lost at home to Levante and struggled to beat Viktoria Plzen just days later in the Champions League. Not good.
And there’s more on the line for Real as they look to get something going in the league. A loss could mean the end for manager Julen Lopetegui, who was fired over the summer as coach of the Spanish national team for talking about the Real Madrid job.
Time and time again we’ve seen one of the two teams enter this game as an underdog and it having nothing to do with the final outcome. Barca is by far the stronger, more in-form team, but this is the biggest rivalry in European club soccer, so anything can happen. There’s no doubt Barcelona is likely to win, but don’t be shocked if the unexpected happens. In history, Real Madrid has 72 wins in league over Barca, while Barca has 70, with 34 being draws. It’s always competitive between the two.
Without Messi and Ronaldo, who is likely to steal the show? On the Real Madrid side, it’s likely Isco or Marco Asensio, but because Barcelona is in a good moment, expect something huge from somebody like Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele. Real Madrid’s defense is aging and has really struggled with speed and timing. Coutinho and Dembele are two players who can be clinical at every moment, especially from outside the box, and they can make the difference on Sunday.