Over the previous 99 meetings between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in this stadium, there have been 50 home wins, 22 draws and 27 victories for Barça.
El Clasico undoubtedly brings together the biggest names in the world game. FC Barcelona completed one of the most impressive transfers of the 2022 summer transfer window. However, Barcelona’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages are out of their hands after a frantic 3-3 draw with Inter Milan at the Camp Nou, but Xavi’s side are top of La Liga as they make the trip to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season.
On Tuesday, a last-gasp header by defender Antonio Rudiger rescued a 1-1 draw for Real Madrid against Shakhtar Donetsk but the German suffered a nasty gash to the head. He is unlikely to start El Clasico due to the injury he sustained.
Landing the first psychological blow in the race for superiority in Spain is at stake, and with teams level on points separated on head-to-head, the title race could well come down to the finest of margins.