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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will look to steal the show as Barcelona take on Real Madrid. [Reuters]

Reigning champions Barcelona face their great rivals Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday in the first 'Clasico' of the season.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is for 17:00pm BST. Coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD but will not begin until 17:15pm due to contractual obligations.


Barcelona have begun the season in ominous fashion, winning eight and drawing one of their nine league games so far this season. They are the only unbeaten side in Spain but have not won in the previous two matches - against Osasuna (0-0) and at AC Milan (1-1) in the Champions League.

The Catalan giants are surprisingly looking for their first win over Madrid in nearly two years, having not beaten their great rivals since the 3-1 victory at the Bernebeu back in December 2011, with Real winning two and drawing one in the last three meetings.

While Barcelona have looked in imperious form, it has been a difficult beginning for Madrid who lost to their city rivals Atletico Madrid last month and currently lie third in the table.

The team from the Spanish capital have yet to produce their best football and have been forced to rely on star forward Cristiano Ronaldo who fired a late winner against Levante when it seemed they would be dropping even more points early in the campaign.

The game will also mark Clasico debuts for both manager as Gerardo Martino and Carlo Ancelotti prepare for the biggest game in Spanish football.

Martino has made slight changes to the way Barcelona play with more emphasis placed on moving the ball quicker in order to be more incisive, and less on maintaining long periods of possession.

Ancelotti is a vastly experienced manager but he has quickly discovered how difficult the job at Madrid is, coming under pressure from the Spanish media and fans for continually picking out of form striker Karim Benzema.

Plenty of emphasis will be placed on summer signings Neymar and Gareth Bale as they look to make their mark for their new clubs on the biggest stage of all. The Brazilian forward has settled quickly to life in Spain, while the former Tottenham winger has struggled with injuries that have prevented him from showing his best form.

With Lionel Messi and Ronaldo both fit, the two best players in the world will be looking to upstage one another. The diminutive Argentine has 12 goals in nine games, while the former Manchester United attacker has 15 goals in 12 appearances.

What the Managers Say

Tata Martino: "I have no doubts about the team's ability to perform. I would have liked to beat Osasuna and Milan but we're doing well and we're still growing. Our play hasn't got worse and I don't think we've regressed."

Carlo Ancelotti: "The key will be to show the character needed to play football, not just sit back and defend. We need to have the character and personality to take the game to Barcelona and try and play football."

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D D W W W
  • Last Result: AC Milan 1-1 Barcelona

Real Madrid

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W L
  • Last Result: Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus

Team News


Injured: N/A

Doubtful: Pique will have a late fitness test but is expected to start.

Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Valdes; Alves, Adriano, Pique, Mascherano, Iniesta, Busquets, Xavi, Alexis, Messi, Neymar.

Real Madrid

Injured: Xabi Alonso

Doubtful: N/A

Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Lopez; Arbeloa, Marcelona, Rasos, Pepe, Khedira, Modric, Di Maria, Isco, Ronaldo, Bale.