December 8, 2023

Barcelona will tomorrow welcome Real Madrid for the first time at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys other than Camp Nou which is still under renovation. The game will kick off at 17:15hours.

Barcelona, who remain unbeaten in all competitions this term, are third in the table, picking up 24 points from their opening 10 matches of the campaign, while Real Madrid are top on 25 points.

Barcelona have been far from perfect in the league this season, being held to draws by Getafe, Mallorca and Granada.Also they have won their other seven games to collect 24 points, which has left them third, one point behind both second-placed Girona and leaders Real Madrid after 10 matches.

Barcelona have won in two of their last three league games against Real Madrid, including a 2-1 victory in the corresponding fixture last season.

In all competitions, the Catalan side have won four of their last six meetings with Real Madrid.

On the other hand,Real Madrid were far from their best against Sevilla in the league last weekend where they managed to gain a point after falling behind.

Jude Bellingham will play his first El Clasico match after signing from Dortmund.Bellingham has been Real Madrid standout player this season, scoring 11 goals and registering three assists in 12 appearances in all competitions.

Barcelona will miss the services of Jules Kounde, Sergi Roberto and Pedri, Joao Felix is set to start despite limping off against Shakhtar following a heavy knock.

Barcelona will also carry out late tests on Raphinha, Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski on Friday to determine if the three will be involved in the EL Clasico.

Real Madrid will be without their number one shot stopper Thibaut Courtois and Brazilian center back Eder Militao who are definitely out with long-term knee problems while Dani Ceballos will again miss out due to a muscular issue.


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