The pressure on Ronald Koeman continues to swirl but the Barcelona boss knows one sure-fire way to ease it is to claim victory over old rivals Real Madrid today.

El Clasico remains one of the most iconic games in world football and so much hyperbole surrounds it but today represents a new era.

Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez are all now long gone, with new stars looking to make themselves heroes at Camp Nou.

Barca sit eighth in La Liga ahead of kickoff, with Real Madrid in fourth place - albeit only two points ahead of the Blaugrana.

The question is: Who will be out in front tonight?

Keep up with all the action as it happens right here.

Barcelona Starting XI: TBC

Real Madrid Starting XI: TBC

Predicted Barca XI

Here is how we think Ronald Koeman's side will line up this afternoon without Jordi Alba, Ronald Araujo and Pedri.

Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Garcia, Dest; F de Jong, Busquets, Gavi; Coutinho, Memphis, Ansu Fati

Real Madrid team news

This is how Real Madrid will line-up today, as per Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. The line-up has not yet been confirmed by the club:

Courtois; Lucas, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric: Vinicius, Rodrygo, Benzema.

The same XI who won at Shakhtar Donestk in the midweek Champions League action.

Barca injury news

Barcelona are without key central defender Ronald Araujo, meaning Gerard Pique is likely to be partnered by Eric Garcia in the heart of defence.

Experienced left-back Jordi Alba is also a doubt while teenage star midfielder Pedri is also out, and will likely mean Gavi – a year younger – will again be involved from the start.

Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to be fit enough to start, but both Sergio Aguero and Ansu Fati are in contention after regaining fitness.

What time is Kickoff & how can I watch?

Date: Sunday October 24th

Venue: Camp Nou

How to watch? The match will be shown live on Premier Sports 1 and LaLiga TV. Subscribers can stream the match via the Premier Player website and app.


Barcelona 30/17

Draw 17/6

Real Madrid 14/9

Welcome Folks

Afternoon Folks!

Welcome to Mirror Football's live coverage of Barcelona vs Real Madrid!

Yep, its's Clasico time once more, the first in the post-Lionel Messi era and with Ronald Koeman still under mounting pressure at Camp Nou.

Barca have lost only once in La Liga this term, but currently sit eighth in the table.

Champions League thrashings have left the Dutchman clinging to his job, knowing that Joan Laporta could part with him at any point.

For Los Blancos, Carlo Ancelotti has steadied the ship that looked to be in choppy waters during the summer. They arrive in Catalunya buoyed by a midweek destruction of Shakhtar in Ukraine.

We'll have plenty of action, reaction, opinions and views from today's game right here.



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