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The El Clásico returns this weekend with Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday, April 2 at 2:15 pm ET (on BeIN Sports) and World Soccer Shop gives the 7 reasons you should watch the match.

Top 7 Reasons to Watch El Clásico

 

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# 7 – 231 – This will be the 231st installment of El Clásico and not so surprisingly it is a very even affair.  Real Madrid has won the match 92 times with Barcelona trailing only by 2 wins with 90.  The match has ended in a draw 48 times.  The goals are very evenly split as well with 389 for Real and 375 for Barcelona.

 

 

#6 – Barcelona vs Real Madrid Under-12 Match – The Under-12 academy teams for these two clubs meet earlier this month and when the future looks so inspired at such an early age you can only imagine what the senior teams have in store this weekend.

 

#5 – Barcelona 4 – Real Madrid 0 – Revenge is a great motivator and Real will have 4 reasons to put that past behind them in style.  The last time these 2 clubs met was on November 21, 2015 and Barcelona put it to Madrid 4-0 and to make matters worse it was at the Santiago Bernabeu AND Lionel Messi was coming back from injury and only came on in the 75th minute.  It was the most lopsided result in El Clásico since Barcelona won 5-0 at the Camp Nou in 2010.

La Liga league table heading into El Clasico (courtesy Soccerway.com)#4 – Title on the Line – Barcelona is sitting on top of the La Liga table with 76 points and 10 points clear of 3rd place Real Madrid (Atletico Madrid is currently in 2nd place).  Madrid’s Gareth Bale is optimistic and knows a positive result is a requirement for a title run.  “I think everything is possible in football,” Bale told Marca. “We’re 10 points behind but we will keep fighting until it is impossible. On Saturday we can get to within seven points of them and you never know what might happen next.”

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Real Madrid's untested lineup for El Clasico as reported by Marca

Real Madrid’s untested lineup for El Clasico as reported by Marca

#3 – Zinedine Zidane’s Untested Starting XI – In his first El Clásico, Zinedine Zidane has been reported by Spanish newspaper Marca to be ready to throw an untested starting line-up out against the La Liga leaders.  The 11 players selected to slot together in the 4-3-3 formation have never played a match together as a team.  The line-up starts with Keylor Navas in goal with Danilo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo in front of him.  In midfield, the former French international has selected Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro although most of the attacking attention will go toward the trio of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.  It is worth noting that this forward trio has scored 70% of the team’s goals under Zizou BUT in the 3 times the trio has started against Barca in the past they have earned 0 wins.

 

Messi and Ronaldo fans watch El Clasico (@LaLiga)

Messi and Ronaldo fans watch El Clasico (@LaLiga)

#2 – The Best vs the Best – The arguments are endless as to who the best player on the planet is with almost everyone in the conversation agreeing it is either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (listed alphabetically).  The stats of the players in El Clásico are almost identical.  They both have 24 appearances and 15 goals.  Messi leads Ronaldo 10 to 2 in assists.  Their stats on the 2015/16 campaign are neck-and-neck as well.  Both players have made 38 appearances with Ronaldo knocking in 41 goals and 13 assists to Messi’s 37 goals and 15 assists.

 

Barcelona's 'Gracies Johan' tribute

 

#1 – Cruyff Tribute – The match on Saturday will be Barcelona’s first since the death of Johan Cruyff.  The Dutch maestro was a legend for the Catalan club both as a player and manager.  He is largely responsible for building the foundation that has become the dominant club of today.  So it is fitting that this game pays tribute to Cruyff.  90,000 cards will be handed to fans which will form a mosaic reading ‘Gracies Johan’ in the stands.  This message will also be on the Barcelona jersey for the match.  But it is not just the home side paying their respects.  Both mascots will have this message on their jerseys along with the Cryuff and FC Barcelona Foundation.  A minute’s silence will be held before the match.

What are the reasons that put you in front of the TV for El Clásico?

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