Barcelona and Real Madrid face off at the Nou Camp on Sunday in one of the biggest games in the world of football and both sides have plenty to play for
The footballing world was left stunned when it was announced that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would not be renewing his contract with Barca over the summer, with the 34-year-old leaving to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Despite his absence, El Clasico is still undoubtedly one of the biggest fixtures in the world, and this will be the first time it has been played in front of a packed-out stadium since the start of the pandemic.
It is sure to be a fascinating encounter, and here is all the information you need to know ahead of kick-off…
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What time is Barcelona vs Real Madrid?
The game kicks off at 3:15pm on Sunday October 24.
Although ticket sales were relatively slow for a game of such magnitude, it is still expected to be something close to a sell-out at Barca’s 99,345 capacity stadium.
And there should be phenomenal atmosphere inside the ground as these two old foes meet once more.
What channel is it on?
UK-based fans can catch the game on Premier Sports 1 and La Liga TV.
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Gary Lineker will present the action on La Liga TV along with pundits Aitor Karanka and Albert Ferrer.
Real Madrid 27/20
*Odds provided by Grosvenor Sport
Barcelona’s exciting midfielder Pedri will miss El Clasico as he continues to recover from a thigh injury. Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele are also out.
Madrid have most of their key men available, and Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal could be in line to make returns from injury. Gareth Bale and Dani Cebellos are still long-term absentees.