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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
about an hour ago

#FCdebate: Real Madrid or Barcelona -- who will win el Clasico?

Real Madrid? Barcelona? Draw? What do you think? Vote now!

The biggest game in club football is upon us. On Saturday, at noon ET (6 p.m. local time), the players of Real Madrid and Barcelona will step onto the Bernabeu pitch to compete in the 229th edition of el Clasico.

Both teams enter the game in prime form. Real Madrid have won five straight league games, scoring 25 goals in the process, while Barcelona have dropped just two points through eight games and have yet to concede a goal.

Who will win El Clasico?

And then there are the players ... Gareth Bale will miss the game...

2 hours ago

Valencia set sights on second place

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With all the focus on the El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid this weekend, Valencia could sneak into second in the Primera Division with a win at home to struggling Elche on Saturday.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign and currently sit fourth in the table, a point behind Madrid and five back on league leaders Barca.

A title challenge may be out of reach but Valencia made clear their top-four credentials with a 3-1 victory over reigning champions Atletico...

 By Tim Vickery
2 hours ago

Neymar thriving under the tutelage of Lionel Messi at Barcelona

Santi Solari gives his take on the partnership between Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Barcelona could unleash their all-South American forward line in Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid -- Luis Suarez showed few signs of ring rust when he tuned out for Uruguay recently. The logic behind his signing would seem to lie in a recognition that, at the age of 27, Lionel Messi may be coming to the end of or even past his athletic peak. Rather than being the goal scorer, in the future his fabulous technical ability is likely to mean that he operates a little deeper, threading through...

2 hours ago

Carlo Ancelotti: Pepe and Sergio Ramos fit to play for Real Madrid

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti praised his side after their 3-0 Champions League win over Liverpool and said they were well-placed ahead of El Clasico.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti looks likely to spring no surprises in his team selection for Sunday's clasico against Barcelona at the Bernabeu, despite joking that he could rethink his whole lineup.

Isco is set to continue in a deep midfield role with Gareth Bale sidelined by a muscle injury,  while centre-halves Sergio Ramos and Pepe have recovered from fitness problems and trained on Friday.

Ancelotti confirmed in a radio interview on Thursday that Dani Carvajal would return at right-back.

The...

2 hours ago

Luis Suarez will make Barcelona debut in clasico vs. Real Madrid

Shaka Hislop and Santi Solari give their take on the part Luis Suárez will play in the El Clásico.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says Luis Suarez will play some part in Saturday's La Liga clasico at Real Madrid, but will not reveal if the attacker will start the game or enter from the bench.

The 80 million-euro summer signing from Liverpool will finally be free to play for his new club, with the four month ban imposed for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at last summer's World Cup ending on Friday night.

After competing in a handful of behind-closed-doors matches for his new club and a pair of...