El Clasico Preview: Real stand in way of Barca’s record run

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  • Real leads La Liga series (W71-D32-L68)
  • Barca unbeaten in 39 matches in all comps
  • Barcelona won first meeting 4-0 in Nov.
  • Barcelona have not lost a match since October, entering this weekend on a 39-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. However, records can be thrown out the window when El Clasico comes around, as rivals Real Madrid travel to the Nou Camp on Saturday.

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    Luis Enrique’s Barca side is enjoying one of the best seasons in club history, sitting with a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid and a ten-point lead over third-place Real. While the league title looks to be heading back to Catalonia, Enrique will still be keen to get a result in El Clasico and extend that record-run to 40 matches.

    Zinedine Zidane is ready for his first Clasico as a manager, hoping to avoid a similar result to the meeting earlier this season when Rafa Benitez oversaw a 4-0 defeat by a Barcelona team that started the match without Lionel Messi. Zidane’s future at Real has already come into doubt just months into his tenure, although a result over this mighty Barca side would put a signature win on his resume.

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    The timing of this match could benefit Real Madrid, as they could catch a tired Barcelona side coming back from the international break. While nearly every player on each team was away on national team duty, Barca’s top trio of Messi-Suarez-Neymar all had long trips to South America, while most of Real stayed in Europe.