Dynamic storylines are at play Saturday when El Clasico debuts for this La Liga season. Barcelona hold a slight lead over Madrid in the table, but could push it to a respectable six points by giving Madrid their first loss at the Bernabeu this season.
There’s something for everyone in Saturday’s game. Whether it be the Catalonian independence process, the incredibly high security detail, or the possible return of Messi to the field, El Clasico is always about more than soccer.
If Madrid have anything going for them Saturday, it’s the atmosphere at the Bernabeu. The home team has won four of the previous five Clasicos, and Madrid are looking to rebound from a 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in their previous La Liga outing.
In the US, coverage starts at 12:15 p.m. Eastern on BeIN Sports USA. Fans in the UK can watch on Sky Sports 2.