Blaugrana come into this fixture as league leaders having garnered 55 points from 25 games – two more than their eternal rivals with two points. However, victory for either side could play a huge role to determine where the pendulum of the LaLiga title would swing at the end of the season.
The 2019-20 season has opened another new era for Real Madrid after a major squad overhaul in which they have welcomed high-profile signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao.
Following the disappointment of last season, when they finished trophyless, the Blancos are sure to embark on another bid for silverware under Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane’s men are still licking their wounds following Wednesday’s Champions League disaster against Manchester City, and anything short of a victory over Lionel Messi and co. would spell doom in their ambition to win a 34th Spanish top-flight diadem.
For Quique Setien’s side, they go into this fixture in a buoyed mood having stayed unbeaten in their last four outings across all competitions, and they will be looking to Messi for inspiration. The Argentine whiz was in awe-inspiring form in Barca’s last outing where he found the net on four occasions as they hit Eibar for five at Camp Nou.
The Spanish champions who are without Luis Suarez owing to injury have invested in their squad heavily over the summer with the signing of two stars – Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann, while Ansu Fati’s promotion from the youth ranks has proven not to be a fluke.
There would be little to separate the two teams as they head into the next instalment of world football’s biggest club game, in front of a potential live TV audience of more than half a billion viewers in 182 countries.
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