Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Barcelona and Real Madrid are separated by just three points heading into the first El Clasico clash of the La Liga campaign.
The rivals are always expected to battle for the league title and both are on track to do exactly that, with Atletico Madrid also in the mix.
The Barca attack was virtually unstoppable in the early stages of the new campaign. They have only scored one goal over the past two matches, however, which should give Real an extra boost of confidence as they arrive to Camp Nou.
While Barcelona are going through a brief lull, los Blancos are coming off an impressive midweek victory over Juventus. It makes for an intriguing rivalry clash as Barca attempt to rebound and Real try to keep their recent hot streak alive.
Let's take a look at all the important viewing information for the latest edition of El Clasico, followed by a breakdown of the top storyline and a match prediction.
What's your prediction for El Clasico?
Where: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. BST)
Watch: beIN Sport and Sky Sports 2
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)
Barcelona: 56.2 percent
Real Madrid: 25.8 percent
Draw: 18 percent
Top Storyline: Which star will capture the spotlight in El Clasico?
Don't underestimate the importance of the season's first El Clasico, even though there's plenty of time left in the campaign.
The difference between a six-point gap and being level after 10 matches is huge for both clubs.
So expect both managers, Gerardo Martino and Carlo Ancelotti, to put together the best available lineup for the match, despite the fact both sides are in the midst of very busy stretches. The full star power of both sides should be on display.
Which star will have the best El Clasico?
For Barcelona, the squad is highlighted by the dynamic attacking duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who have been able to forge a successful partnership quickly.
The Brazilian's willingness to adapt to a playmaking role has helped that process.
Of course, while Messi and Neymar dominate the headlines, the midfield is still the foundation of Barca's success. Andres Iniesta and Xavi continue to showcase terrific form, which makes the forwards' job much easier.
They don't represent as big of an advantage over Real Madrid this season, though.
The arrivals of Gareth Bale and Isco have bolstered the talent level in the middle of the pitch for Real and that will certainly come in handy for these rivalry matches.
The Blancos will also need a strong showing from Diego Lopez to secure a positive result. For Real to emerge from Camp Nou with a win, the goalkeeper will probably have to outshine all of the aforementioned superstars.
Both clubs know how much is at stake in this early matchup. The only question mark is whether that leads the attacking stars for each side to push forward aggressively, leading to a high-scoring thriller, or the rivals playing a little more passive to avoid a costly mistake.
Given their minor scoring slump, Barcelona will probably prefer the former as they attempt to get Messi and Co. going again. It should lead to an exciting back-and-forth encounter with plenty of scoring opportunities at both ends.
In the end, playing at Camp Nou gives Barcelona the slight edge.
Barcelona 3, Real Madrid 2
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