For Real Madrid and Barcelona, this game couldn't be taking place at a worse time. For football fans though, the timing is perfect.
Real Madrid and Barcelona will both come into this game under significant pressure. Both of the Spanish giants lost in the first leg of their Champions League semifinals, and can't afford another loss as they both look to built momentum ahead of the second leg of the semifinals.
But beyond that, this game will likely decide who wins the La Liga title, and all the bragging rights that come with it.
If Real Madrid win or draw at the Camp Nou, the title is theirs. Real Madrid still have four games after the Clasico before the end of the season, but the opposition isn't nearly strong enough to force Madrid to drop four points in four games.
But if Barcelona win, Madrid will be on the edge of one of the biggest collapses in La Liga history. Their 10 point lead will have been cut down to a solitary point, and it's it's very possible that Los Blancos will drop points against Sevilla or Athletic Bilbao.
But before we get too drawn into the implications of the game, let's pause and analyze what we'll see in the Clasico. Instead of "bold" predictions this time, I'll be giving you predictions on what I believe is likely to take place during the game.