Real Madrid hosts Barcelona in the latest leg of El Clásico on Saturday, when Los Blancos hope to complete a league double against their fiercest rivals for the first time in 13 years. Zinedine Zidane’s titleholders can leapfrog Barca and climb to second in La Liga with a third straight win in this fixture, as well as temporarily moving level with leaders Atletico Madrid.
The Blaugrana could also go top of the table with three points at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, where Real are undefeated in their past seven outings. Zidane will have to do so without the defensive duo of Sergio Ramos (injured) and Raphael Varane (COVID-19), presenting Lionel Messi & Co. with a rare advantage in their visit to the capital.
What TV Channel is Real Madrid-Barcelona on?
The biggest rivalry in Spanish soccer will once again play a key role in deciding the destination of the title, beginning on beIN Sports from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream La Liga matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
When: Saturday, April 10
Where: Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, Madrid, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Ramos will be sorely missed by Real considering he was among their scorers in the 3-1 win at the Camp Nou in October, when Luka Modric and Federico Valverde supplied the other finishing touches:
The hosts are unbeaten in their last 12 games and have won 12 of those—including the last five in a row—while Barca have gone their last nine outings without defeat.
Real’s most recent exploit was a 3-1 triumph over Liverpool in the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. Zidane described his pleasure with that result given certain absences, with a double courtesy of Vinicius Jr. helping to overcome any defensive deficiencies:
Ronald Koeman has received much more positive news regarding his backline after Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were confirmed as part of Saturday’s squad following their own injury troubles. Roberto has played just once in La Liga since the beginning of December, while a knee injury has limited Pique to only three league outings in the same period.
Koeman has weathered his own adversity this season and looks more settled in Catalonia, having named the same starting XI in Barcelona’s last four matches. The team is still within sight of a domestic double following Atletico’s capitulation at the summit, but avoiding defeat in Madrid will be critical to their chances of gaining the upper hand in La Liga.
That refined focus could work to their advantage while Real contend with the additional stress of a European campaign, with Barca hoping to go 20 games unbeaten in the league (16W, 3D).
Real have avoided defeat in their last nine top-flight games in comparison (7W, 2D), but the potential fruits on offer in El Clásico will demand all the attention as top spot beckons for the victor.