Barcelona and Real Madrid will go head-to-head for the first time this season in a clash where both teams will try to grab the three points and fight for the pride of winning their archrivals on Sunday.
The hosts are sitting seventh in the standings after eight matches, while Carlo Ancelotti’s squad have slipped off top spot after winning one point from their last two games.
Ronald Koeman will have the chance of proving he is the right coach to lead the Catalan giants after being very close to being fired after Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid before the international break.
Koeman wants to take revenge
He will also have the opportunity of improving his record against Los Blancos as a coach since the Dutchman beat Madrid when he was at Valencia but lost the two games against them last season in charge of Barcelona.
The Catalan giants seem to have found the path of victory, as they beat Valencia 3-1 in the last game of the domestic competition and defeated Dynamo Kyiv in a do-or-die match in the Champions League.
Koeman’s side have struggled in the first matches of this campaign, as Lionel Messi’s departure to PSG has had an expected negative impact on the team, but if the hosts manage to win the Clasico, they will overtake Real Madrid and come back to the top spots in the table.
Meanwhile, the visitors had a great start to the season but suffered unexpected defeats to Espanyol and Sheriff Tiraspol before the international break.
Los Blancos could top the standings if they win
Now the 13-time Champions League winners, third in LaLiga with 17 points, three less than leaders Real Sociedad –who have played one more game-, have bounced back by thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 0-5, with Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema in great shape.
The Basque squad will play against current champions Atletico Madrid a few hours after El Clasico, so Real Madrid could top the standings if they win at Camp Nou.
Before losing to Espanyol, Real Madrid were on an 18-game unbeaten run away from home in the Spanish league and have also strung together a three-game winning run in El Clasico.
What time does FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid kick off?
The LaLiga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will kick off at Camp Nou, Barcelona, on Sunday 24 October 2021 at 10:15 am US (EDT) and 7:15 am US (PDT).
That’s 4:15 pm CEST and 3:15 pm UK time.
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Where can I watch FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid in the US and UK?
In the US and UK, the following television channels and online services will be broadcasting FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid:
UK: Premier Sports 1, LaLigaTV, Premier Player HD.
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FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid: live AS USA coverage
You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid right here at AS USA. We’ll be building up to the game from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before taking you through the action as it unfolds.