Barcelona vs Real Madrid: La Liga 2023-24 Match Preview, Possible Lineups, Team News, Head-to-Head, and Fantasy XI Prediction

Barcelona will welcome Real Madrid at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on Saturday for the first El Classico of the La Liga 2023-24 season.

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: La Liga 2023-24 Match Preview, Possible Lineups, Team News, Head-to-Head, and Fantasy XI Prediction

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Real Madrid are currently sitting at the top, picking up 25 points from their 10 matches after a brilliant record of eight wins, one draw and one defeat this season.

On the other side, Barcelona are third on the table, picking up 24 points through seven wins and three draws. They are still unbeatable but Real Madrid could be the team who can hurt them. Xavi's side recorded a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the league last weekend.

Real Madrid played a 1-1 draw by Sevilla in their last domestic match, and despite sitting at the top, the Los Blancos haven't played free flowing football this season.

Real Madrid defeated Braga 2-1 in Portugal before Barcelona beat Shakhtar Donetsk by the same scoreline at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in the Champions League 2023-24 this weekend.

Xavi vs Ancelotti, the ultimate clash  Image - Getty
Xavi vs Ancelotti, the ultimate clash Image - Getty

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Match Preview

Match Details:

  • Date: 28th October, 2023 (Saturday)

  • Venue: Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain

  • Time: 7:45 pm (IST)

  • Live Streaming: Jio Cinema, Sports 18 1, Sports18 1 HD and Sports18 Khel TV, and Voot OTT platforms

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head

Saturday's meeting will be the 255th time between this two Spanish giants. Real Madrid are leading the head-to-head record with 103 wins to Barcelona's 100. Meanwhile, 51 matches have ended as a draw.

Los Blancos have also scored slightly more goals in their previous encounters, netting 427 times to Barcelona's 415.

The two teams have locked horns on 186 occasions in La Liga, with Real Madrid also leading the head-to-head record with 77 wins to Barcelona's 74, while there have been 35 draws.

FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid, the pre-season clash  Image - Getty
FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid, the pre-season clash Image - Getty
  • Matches: 254

  • Barcelona won: 100

  • Draws: 51

  • Real Madrid won: 103

Barcelona have 51 home La Liga wins over Real Madrid. This match will not take place at Camp Nou due to the renovation works.

La Liga 2023-24: Barcelona vs Real Madrid - Team News

FC Barcelona:

Robert Lewandowski is a major doubt for Barcelona after missing the last two La Liga matches with an ankle injury. Raphinha and Frenkie de Jong are also pushing to return to full fitness in time.

Pedri, Jules Kounde, and Sergi Roberto are also set to miss out, but Joao Felix should be available despite limping off against Shakhtar Donetsk in midfield.

FC Barcelona during the practice  Image - Getty
FC Barcelona during the practice Image - Getty

Real Madrid:

There were also concerns for Real Madrid over Jude Bellingham's fitness. He came off the pitch in the Champions League against Braga, but Ancelotti later confirmed that the England star has no injury misses.

Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao are still out, but there are no other concerns facing Real than Barcelona heading into this weekend's clash.

Real Madrid during the practice  Image - Getty
Real Madrid during the practice Image - Getty

La Liga 2023-24: Barcelona vs Real Madrid - Possible Starting Lineups

Barcelona possible starting lineup:

Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Araujo, Martinez, Balde; Gavi, Romeu, Gundogan; Yamal, Lewandowski, Felix

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:

Kepa; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius

Fantasy XI Prediction:

Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Araujo, Rudiger, Balde; Tchouameni, Gundogan, Bellingham; Yamal, Felix, Vinicius

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