Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other in one of the most anticipated matches of the year on Sunday afternoon at 17:15 Bulgarian time. Before El Clásico, various facts and statistics and facts always come to the fore, both for the match itself and for the players from both teams.
Here are 15 of the most interesting facts and statistics before the upcoming megaclash:
1. Barcelona is in a series of 4 consecutive games without a win against Real Madrid. Therefore, if Ronald Koeman's men do not win this match as well, they will equal the anti-record from 13 years ago. In May 2008, the Blaugranas ended a series of five consecutive games without success against the Royal Club.
2. Los Blancos have won their last three matches with the Catalans, and they will pursue a fourth consecutive success against Barça - an achievement that has not happened since 1965.
3. At the Camp Nou, Carlo Ancelotti's men can record a second consecutive victory as a guest of Barcelona, which has happened only twice so far in the history of La Liga.
4. Barcelona have scored in 34 of their last 35 home games, with the only home game without a goal for the team being in a draw with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in May 2021.
5. After losing their previous match in La Liga (with 1: 2 from Espanyol), now the "royal club" can record a second consecutive loss in the championship - something that has not happened since 2019.
6. If he wins this match, Sergio Busquets will become the player of Barcelona with the most victories in the history of El Clásico with 20 successes in all tournaments. Overall, only Real legend Paco Hento has more wins in El Clásico (21).
7. Ansu Fati could become the fourth player to score in his first two games as a starter in El Clásico in La Liga in the 21st century. Before him, Samuel Eto'o scored in his first three similar clashes in 2005, and Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2007 and Pedro Rodriguez in 2010 scored in their first two editions of El Clásico.
8. Karim Benzema has 10 goals in his 36 clashes as a Real Madrid player against Barcelona in all competitions and is one of only 13 players to reach double-digit goals in the history of El Clásico.
9. If he plays in this match, Luka Modric (36 years and 45 days) will become the oldest player to play in El Clásico in LaLiga in the 21st century, surpassing the previous record of Fabio Cannavaro, who played in this duel in May 2009, when he was 35 years and 231 days old.
10. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has not won any of his five away games against Barcelona in all competitions (2 draws and 3 losses)
11. Real Madrid has two draws and one loss in the matches against Barcelona, when it is without Sergio Ramos on the field. The debut of the central defender, who moved to PSG in the summer, was in November 2005 and since then he has missed only 3 games against Barça.
12. The first match between Barcelona and Real Madrid was in the distant 1902, when at the "Estadio Hipódromo de la Castellana" the Catalans won 3: 1. However, the Spanish Football Federation did not have a representative for the match and therefore in many places the first El Clásico is the match on March 26, 1916, which is for the King's Cup and was won by "Blaugranas" with 2: 1.
13. Sergio Aguero has scored 3 goals in 10 games against Real Madrid in La Liga and can become the 7th player to score a goal in "Los Blancos" with both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid after Marcial Pina, Jesus Landaburu, Marcos Alonso, Julio Salinas, Shimao Sabrosa and Luis Suarez.
14. If he plays in El Clásico, Barcelona midfielder Gavi will become the second youngest player to play in this match. In front of him is only his teammate Ansu Fati, who played against Real Madrid when he was only 17 years and 48 days in December 2019.
15. Kuman v. Ancelotti. In the duels between the two, the Dutchman has not won once in his four games against Carleto (1 draw and 3 losses) - more than any other manager. In addition, if he loses, Kuman will become only the second coach in the history of La Liga, who was defeated in his first 3 such matches. Before him, Patrick O'Connell did the same in the 1930s, when he headed Barcelona.