Real Madrid host Barcelona in the 184th El Clasico of La Liga at Santiago Bernabeu in the early hours of Monday, March 21. The match will kick off at 1:30 AM IST.

Madrid, who have already defeated Barcelona twice this season, haven’t lost a league game since their 0-1 defeat to Getafe in January 2022. The team has, in fact, won each of their last four La Liga matches, scoring at least three goals in three of those outings.

Barcelona, on the other hand, have seen a sudden upsurge in form under Xavi. The former midfielder has revived Barcelona’s hopes of finishing within the UEFA Champions League spots and a win over their eternal rivals will put extra pressure on the likes of Atletico Madrid, Real Betis and Real Sociedad, all of whom are vying to finish in the top four. 

Real Madrid vs Barcelona head-to-head

Real Madrid and Barcelona have played a total of 281 matches since their first meeting in 1902. Throughout the course, Barcelona have managed to outperform Madrid on 115 occasions while Los Blancos have beaten the Blaugrana 104 times. The remaining 62 matches have been drawn.

As far as their La Liga meetings are concerned, Real Madrid and Barcelona have played 183 league matches in the past, with the former winning 76 and the latter 72.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona team news

The biggest doubt Real currently has is over the availability of their captain Karim Benzema. The star forward picked up a calf problem during his side’s 3-0 win over Mallorca, forcing him to go off during the latter part of the match.

In case of his absence, Carlo Ancelotti might look to bring in anyone between Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale or Isco.

Furthermore, while Madrid have no player suspended, defender Ferland Mendy will miss the fixture due to an adductor tear that he suffered during the same match.

For Barcelona, those missing are the usual suspects in Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Ansu Fati due to injuries.

Where to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona El Clasico 2022 live in India?

The live telecast of Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clasico 2022 can be viewed on MTV, the flagship TV channel of Viacom18. 

The live streaming of Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clasico 2022 will be available on Voot Select and JioTV.

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Featured photo: AFP / Lluis Gene