When it comes to matches that only determine three points in the standings, there are no higher stakes than Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. El Clasico returns on Saturday, December 3rd, as Barcelona host Madrid in an attempt to climb back into the Spanish title race.
The match, which was viewed by just under 2 million people when the teams met in April, is about more than just sport. Barcelona and Madrid represent opposites in many facets, from club style to regional politics.
This will be the 172nd Clasico in the form of a La Liga fixture, a series that Madrid leads 72-68. But the current form is what makes Saturday’s matchup so interesting. When these teams last met, Barcelona were surging towards a repeat treble and Madrid were barely hanging on in the title race. Less than a year later, the roles have flipped: Madrid are undefeated in their last 25 matches, and Barcelona are a full six points back of the league lead.
What Barcelona do have is home-field advantage. They’ve won 29 of their last 32 fixtures at Camp Nou, but that includes Madrid’s 2-1 victory back in April.
El Clasico returns Saturday on beIN Sports, with coverage starting at 9 a.m. Eastern.
Read more about El Clásico in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com: