100th win for Barcelona
The upcoming duel with Real Madrid will have a special meaning for Barcelona. Because, if won, this will be the 100th victory for Barca through the confrontations with the arch-rival. Statistics show that, in the previous 251 confrontations with Real Madrid, Barca won 99 matches, drew 43 and lost 101 matches.
Calculating, Barca has 413 players to score in El Clasico matches, while this number of the Royal Spanish Club is slightly higher with 418. At home alone, Barcelona’s number of wins is 63, and They drew 25 and lost 30 matches against Real Madrid.
New challenge with Real Madrid
Real Madrid have been unbeaten for the last 3 times to Barca’s Camp Nou in the framework of La Liga. Specifically, they drew Barca 0-0 in the 2019/20 season, won 3-1 in the 2020/21 season and won 2-1 in the 2021/22 season. However, Real Madrid is still facing a new challenge. Specifically, they have never won 3 times in a row at Barca in the Spanish league.
In contrast, Barca won 3 consecutive El Clasico matches when as a guest of Real Madrid in La Liga. That was in the 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.
Score first and win
Scoring first is almost synonymous with winning. That’s what Barca players can feel. In the Classics at home, the Catalunya team opened the scoring 57 times and won in 45 of them, only 8 games ended with a draw and 4 matches they suffered empty-handed.
In the last 6 El Clasico matches in the Spanish league took place at Camp Nou, the team with the first scorer won 5 times: 3 for Barca and 2 for Real Madrid, and a goalless draw. The last comeback was made by Real Madrid in the 2015/16 season. Gerard Pique put the Catalans ahead, but Real came back with goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Record holder Busquets
One of the most mentioned names ahead of the second leg of El Clasico in La Liga this season is Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. The next match will be an opportunity for Busquets to assert his position as a record holder. Up to now, Busquets holds two records at the same time: the player with the most appearances (46) and the most wins (22) at El Clasico.
Behind Busquets in the list of players with the most appearances at El Clasico are Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos (with 45 games), Francisco Gento, Manuel Sanchis and Xavi (with 42). Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is fourth on this list with 41 appearances. The player with the most goals at El Clasico is Messi (26), followed by Alfredo Di Stefano and Cristiano Ronaldo (18).
6th time with Barcelona
Welcoming Real Madrid here will be the 6th time Barca plays at home with a difference of 9 points equal to or greater than that of their rivals. Currently, Barca is leading the La Liga 2022/23 table with 65 points after 25 rounds. Meanwhile, the Spanish Royal team temporarily ranked second with 56 points.
In addition, this is also the 23rd match that Barca welcomes Real Madrid as the team that is leading the La Liga table. In the previous 22 matches, Barca won 15, drew 5 and lost 2 against Real Madrid.