Barca’s winless streak in El Clasico
As the calendar confirms it, Saturday will mark 429 days since the Blaugrana last defeated their eternal rivals, Los Blancos. One must roll back the time to August 23 last year to re-live Barca’s latest victory. It occurred in the first leg of the 2012 Supercopa de Espana at the Camp Nou with the hosts winning 3-2.
The game was marked with a terrible blunder by goalkeeper Victor Valdes which allowed Argentine winger Angel Di Maria to reduce Real Madrid’s deficit. That goal proved vital as the Spanish giants, then managed by Jose Mourinho, beat the Catalans 4-4 on aggregate thanks to the away goals rule to lift the Spanish Super Cup.
Will 26 October 2013 mark the end of Barcelona’s five-match winless streak against Real Madrid?
beIN Sport to broadcast El Clasico to USA viewers on October 26, 2013
On October 7, the LFP announced the timing of this huge rivalry match set to take place at the Camp Nou. LFP president Javier Tebas confirmed the 18:00 local time which is a result of marketing factors. La Liga has a huge amount of followers in Asia and America and the decision was made to attract the largest viewing figures possible for this Barcelona vs Real Madrid fixture on 26 October 2013.
It will be the 166th El Clasico in the history of the Spanish La Liga. Current head-to-head results put the Spanish giants on top of the Cules with 70 wins – six more than Barca – with the other 32 games ending all square.
In terms of goals, the Catalans have progressively been closing the gap during the last few years. They have scored 259 goals in El Clasico in La Liga, only 11 less than Real Madrid. Gerardo Martino will be looking to offer the club’s fans their 48th Primera Division home win over Real Madrid at the Camp Nou come October 26, 2013.
The marquee signings
La Liga’s two most expensive signings in the 2013 summer transfer window will go head to head as Barcelona take on Real Madrid for the first time this season. The two were the talk of the summer as Gareth Bale and Neymar finalised their big money moves to Spain.
However life in the Iberian country has begun in contrasting fashion for both individuals. In case of the Brazilian, the mercurial number 11 continued from where he left off and after an inspirational display for his national side in the Confederations Cup, Neymar has continued his brilliant form with his new club.
What’s more, El Clasico will be telecast free of charge on COMCAST! The game will be called in Spanish but if you need English commentary, use the Secondary Audio Program (SAP) feature.
Expert beIN Sport en Español pundits will offer exciting pre-match and post-match analysis of this encounter which will be staged at the Camp Nou, in Catalonia. Barca-Real Madrid will also be broadcast live on beIN Sport.
Stay tuned to the best coverage with additional programs such as “El Clasico: Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo,” and “Nueva Temporada, Misma Rivalidad 2013.”
Barcelona vs Real Madrid kicks off at 9:00am PST / 12:00pm ET this Saturday. LiveSoccerTV will bring you live scores as events unfold at the Camp Nou.
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Preview: Barcelona wants to set the tone for the upcoming El Classico
Gerardo Martino's side is starting to get somewhat healthier, and it could not have come at a better time. As the Catalans prepare to take on Osasuna at El Sadar, they will likely be thinking of their upcoming matches against AC Milan and Real Madrid.
El Classico always generates plenty of hype and media attention, but if Barcelona is able to defeat Osasuna, they will head into the match against Madrid with the chance of surpassing their record of a nine match win streak.
What a better way to set a record, than against your rival, and on your home turf?
Preview: Former Real Madrid boss Schuster leads Malaga plot
Malaga have drawn their last three away games while they are yet to beat Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. History is not on Malaga’s side and this explains why Saturday’s visitors at the Bernabeu are so willing to get a result. Captain Weligton spoke to the Spanish press, saying:
“I believe we can win points in Madrid. I've almost won there twice already and I want it to be third time lucky.”
It could be a good time for Los Boquerones to fulfil their dream, since Real Madrid have hardly been convincing in their last three matches in La Liga. Controversy played a huge role in their 2-1 triumph against Elche before their trip to Levante where they snatched a dramatic 3-2 win.
Preview: Martino's undefeated Barcelona look to continue great streak
When Gerardo Martino was appointed manager of Barcelona, there were a number of question marks floating around the Nou Camp. Was he good enough? Without any European Football experience, would he struggle with the pressure?
The truth is that Tata Martino not only has silenced the critics, but he is also on the way to potentially breaking a record currently held by Real Madrid.
Having won nine successive matches, Real Madrid currently holds the record. Interestingly enough, if Barcelona was to break that record, they would have to do it against Real Madrid in three weeks time. But before they worry about that, they will need to focus on their match against Valladolid, who has only one victory in seven matches.
Preview: Levante’s ground another tough venue for Los Blancos
The most popular Real Madrid footballer right now must Angel Di Maria. His rabona assist to Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal and his overall performance against Copenhagen has won him a lot of respect.
The Argentine is battling for regular playing time under Carlo Ancelotti but the presence of Gareth Bale means the fight will go on for long. Such competition could be healthy for the squad. The coach should be confident that Di Maria will put on a great show on the flanks anytime he gets called up.
Preview: One of the best Madrid derby games in the making
Since joining Atleti in January 2012, coach Simeone has guided his side to glory in the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Cup. What better way for the Rojiblanco’s former player and current manager to celebrate his 200th game than through the Madrid Derby?
Atletico Madrid look confident and rightfully so, after achieving three important things. Firstly, they put an end to their dreadful record against Real Madrid back on May 17 to eventually win the Copa del Rey. Secondly, they did so at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game where prolific goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo saw red. Thirdly, just like last season, they seat above their rich neighbours in La Liga.
Preview: Blaugrana are going for seven out of seven
From their six La Liga matches in the current campaign, Barcelona has won them all. With 22 goals scored and only five conceded, Tata Martino's squad is even on 18 points with Atletico Madrid. A match against UD Almeria should give the Catalans another opportunity to extend their streak.
Barcelona will not want to under estimate their opponent, or even disrespect them, but considering their congested schedule, some players may get a breather on Saturday.
Preview: Ronaldo’s Blancos face tricky game away to Elche
Cristiano Ronaldo is in fine form. He ranks as the fastest player to hit 150 La Liga goals or more among 18 other Real Madrid legends. The Portuguese has been able to do so in 140 matches only, above Zarra y Mundo (161), Ferenc Puskas (169) and Alfredo di Stefano (178).
With Benzema seriously misfiring of late, Carlo Ancelotti could start the French striker on the bench and go with Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and Jese upfront instead. Meanwhile, expect the best of Angel Di Maria in the absence of injured winger Gareth Bale. The visitors will be looking to get into the game right from the start. They could employ an aggressive strategy as scoring an early goal could be crucial to avoid an upset against Elche.
Preview: A fabulous home start for Gareth Bale and Los Blancos?
At this moment, the confidence in the camp of Los Blancos is high. Last weekend’s stumble away to Villarreal seems to have been forgotten already following Tuesday’s unexpected humiliation of Galatasaray in Istanbul’s hostile atmosphere.
All eyes will be on Gareth Bale as he is set to be offered his first home start since his world record-breaking transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid. As a result, tickets for Sunday’s Madrid derby against Getafe have been sold out.
Preview: Barcelona aiming to make it five out of five
The Blaugrana have got off to a great start in the new campaign, winning all four of their La Liga matches. With 14 goals scored and only four conceded, Tata Martino's squad is first in the league, even on points with Atletico Madrid.
After their strong showing mid-week against Ajax in their first match of the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona will now turn their attention to domestic football.
Madrid will be their next stop, where they will take on Rayo Vallecano at the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas.
Villarreal and Real Madrid are two of the four teams with a 100 per cent run in the Spanish La Liga this season. If they are only third and fourth respectively on the league table…
Preview: Squad rotation should not stop Barca from tormenting Sevilla
We are all aware of Tata Martino's preference to rotate the squad, and on Saturday, fans can expect a rotation, even if it is just a few players. The current edition of the Champions League will kick off this coming week, and Barcelona's manager will want to make sure his squad is fresh and ready to go.
The Blaugrana will welcome Sevilla to the Nou Camp, but the visitors will arrive with a number of question marks and injury problems.
Preview: Valencia will hope their home form against Barcelona will help
From the last six meetings between these two sides at the Mestalla, the hosts have only lost one match, but have also not won any. The other five matches ended in a draw, but at least that will give Los Che some extra motivation heading into Sunday's match.
After claiming his first piece of silverware since his arrival at the Nou Camp, Gerardo Martino knows that Miroslav Djukic's side will want to claim the full three points.
Preview: A mouthful of goals or a dry affair at the Bernabeu?
Real Madrid have failed to channel their club friendly form into competitive fixtures. In midweek, they eased to a 4-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna to eventually lift the Teresa Herrera Trofeo. Seven days before, Los Blancos had featured in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy and recorded a 5-0 win over Al-Sadd of Saudi Arabia.
It has looked so easy for the 2013 International Champions Cup winners to cruise past Internazionale, Chelsea and other big teams in friendly matches this summer. However, things appear difficult for Ancelotti and his men in the Spanish La Liga.
Preview: Ronaldo tasked to redeem himself at the Nuevo Los Carmenese
Real Madrid’s match against Granada comes in between two friendly encounters. Los Blancos are set to play Deportivo La Coruna to raise funds for the latter on Thursday. Meanwhile, they recently featured in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match where legend Raul Gonzalez was honoured on his emotional return to the stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti will hope to see a considerable improvement from his players on Monday. Despite warming up perfectly for the new competitive season, the 2013 International Champions Cup winners displayed an unconvincing performance on Matchday 1 of La Liga.
Preview: Stage set for Neymar to grab the spotlight
The last few meetings between Malaga and Barcelona produced a flurry of goals with the Catalans always coming on top. Barca are poised to add more misery to their opponents on Sunday. Even the confirmed absence of Lionel Messi may not allow the hosts to breathe a sigh of relief.
With La Pulga injured, Brazilian signing Neymar will likely be offered the role he has been craving: a First XI spot with the task of leading his team’s attack. The ex-Santos star made the most of his substitute appearance in midweek. His goal cancelled David Villa’s strike for Atletico Madrid as the Blaugrana snatched a vital 1-1 draw in the first leg of the 2013 Spanish Super Cup.