Barcelona – Real Madrid in El Clasico should be appointment viewing on Saturday (start time, 10am ET) as both teams work through struggles early in the season.
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Ronald Koeman has tried his best to revamp Barcelona and Lionel Messi looks happier than he did, but they lost to Getafe last time out in La Liga.
Real Madrid lost 3-2 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League in midweek in a shock result for Zinedine Zidane, and Los Blancos lost to Cadiz last weekend too.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know of what promises to be a, erm, classic, El Clasico.
Team news for Real Madrid – Barcelona
Barcelona will be without goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen through a knee injury, while Jordi Alba could return as USMNT star Sergino Dest has been playing at left back. Trincao could start ahead of Antoine Griezmann out wide.
Real Madrid rested Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. on Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk and brought both players on in the second half as they made a big difference. Sergio Ramos will be available after missing the shock defeat to Shakhtar through suspension (*huge gasps of shock*)
What they’re saying
Ronald Koeman on Lionel Messi and his displays: “I don’t have any complaints or doubts about his effort. Right now his performances could be better. On a day-to-day basis, he’s happy and wants to play and be the team’s captain.”
Zinedine Zidane on the pressure building on him: “It certainly does not help but in the end no one will change that. It is the situation of football, it is like that. I’m the manager and when things don’t work out, it’s normal that there are critics. Now what I have to do is find the solution to be able to change this quickly.”
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Barcelona (+105) are the favorites over Real Madrid (+250), while the draw is +260.
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Prediction for Barcelona – Real Madrid
I’m going to sit firmly on the fence here and predict a draw. With both managers under pressure early in the season, their players will be keen to not make the mistake which puts them further in the mire. Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid.
How to watch Barcelona – Real Madrid, El Clasico stream and start time
Kickoff: 10am ET Saturday
TV: beIN Sports USA
La Liga updates: Online via NBCSports.com
Stream online: beIN Sports USA