Barcelona entertain arch-rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday in a Clasico that could well have major ramifications in the race for the Liga title.
Third-placed Madrid head to Catalunya knowing that defeat will see them slip 13 points adrift of defending champions Barca, a difference that could prove too difficult to close in the seven subsequent fixtures.
Here, courtesy of Opta, we take a look at the key statistics ahead of the resumption of one of football’s greatest rivalries:
0 – Barca have never won a league game against Real Madrid when top of the competition and holding an advantage of 10 points or more (D1 L2).
1 – Barca have lost just one of their last seven league games at home against Madrid, winning five. Their only defeat in that run was a 2-1 loss in April 2012.
3.22 – In 171 matches between the two sides, the average of goals scored per game is just higher than three, though the most common result is 2-1 to Real Madrid, which has occurred 18 times previously.
4 – The last four red cards in matches in all competitions between the two teams were all shown to Madrid players.
LUIS ENRIQUE v ZINEDINE ZIDANE
1 – Saturday’s match will be the first meeting between Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane in their coaching careers. The latter will be making his Clasico bow in the dugout.
2 – Zidane scored three goals against Barca in all competitions during his time as a player with Madrid, two of those coming when lining up against Luis Enrique.
5 – Luis Enrique and Zidane met five times in all competitions during their playing careers, winning one game apiece (D3).
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14 – Lionel Messi has scored 14 goals in 19 matches against Real Madrid, twice as many as Cristiano Ronaldo – though the Portuguese has featured in six games fewer.
20 – Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have scored a cumulative 20 goals against Madrid, while Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo have managed just 12 – Bale is yet to register against Barca.
38 – Suarez has been involved in more goals (26 goals, 12 assists) than any other player in La Liga this season, Ronaldo is second with 28 strikes and nine assists.
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