It’s arguably the biggest rivalry in European football but fans have been kept waiting for the first El Clasico of the 2019/20 season.
After being postponed earlier this season for understandable reasons, El Clásico returns this December with Barcelona hosting rivals Real Madrid.
When is the next El Clásico?
The rescheduled El Clásico takes place on 18th December after the original fixture – scheduled for October – was postponed due to safety fears amid the ongoing political crisis in Catalonia. The game will be played at Camp Nou despite requests to switch the game to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
What time does El Clásico kick-off?
La Liga has yet to confirm kick-off times for Matchday 10, with the kick-off time for Barcelona vs Real Madrid likely to be finalised later this month.
Where can I watch El Clásico on TV?
Premier Sports currently hold the rights for La Liga games in the UK, with an online player for fans who want to stream the match. FreeSports also stream some Spanish top-flight games, although TV coverage for the rescheduled El Clasico has yet to be confirmed.
Who has the best head-to-head record in El Clásico?
The clubs have met 275 times in all competitions, with Barcelona comfortably ahead in the head-to-head record with 115 wins to Real Madrid’s 99.
Intriguingly however, there’s nothing to separate the clubs in La Liga meetings, with both boasting 72 wins apiece while drawing 34.
Have any English players ever scored in El Clásico?
Yes – and some familiar faces too.
England goal machine turned Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker has probably had the most impact on one single El Clásico game, famously scoring a hat-trick in 1987 as Barcelona ran out 3-2 winners against their deadly rivals.
Michael Owen had a mixed time in Madrid. However, the Englishman did find the net in 4-2 win for Real in 2005. His former Liverpool teammate Steve McManaman also played a starring role in a dramatic Champions League semi-final first-leg tie in 2002. His 92nd minute strike handed Real Madrid a 2-0 lead to take back to the Bernabéu for the second leg. That goal would help Real seize the initiative en-route to lifting another European title.
What is the biggest win in an El Clásico game?
Look away now Barca fans – as it’s Real Madrid who take the bragging rights on this one. Real thumped their rivals 11-1 in the Copa Rey back in a devastating win back in 1943. However, one-sided games are a rarity in recent times, with Barcelona’s 5-0 hammering of Real Madrid back in 2010 the widest gulf between the two sides in the last decade.
Who is the top scorer in El Clásico games?
No surprises here, given he breaks records for fun. Lionel Messi takes the crown of the greatest goalscorer in El Clásico history with 26 goals over his career. That’s eight more than the legendary Real Madrid striker Alfredo Di Stéfano.
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