With the first El Clasico of the season less than one week away, we look ahead to the most eagerly awaited match of the season.
Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona
When: Saturday October 26th, 2013
Kick off: 5pm GMT
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The first Clasico of the season arrives early this term, and with both sides picking up from where they left off last season it is sure to be an epic battle.
Barcelona currently boast a 100% record in La Liga and are in good shape to dominate once again, but Madrid spent considerably over the summer to make sure they can mount a more meaningful challenge this time around.
Dani Carvajal, Isco and Asier Illarramendi have all arrived into the midfield, but of course, the big gun is Gareth Bale, who will hopefully be fully fit to join the squad.
Bale will get to sample his first trip to Catalonia with a weight of expectation on his shoulders, but having scored on his debut and with the full vocal backing of the Los Blancos support he will be looking to set the bar high from the start for Real Madrid.
The ongoing battle between Crisitano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be eagerly await as always. The Portuguese maestro has already bagged 12 goals in 10 appearances this season, whilst Messi in making a solid contribution of his own 11 goals in nine games. Messi has returned to training this week and should be fit enough to play from the start.
Prediction: Barcelona 3 – 1 Real Madrid