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Andres Iniesta intrinsic to Barcelona's style, could be key in El Clasico return

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes make their picks for some of the matches in La Liga this weekend, headlined by El Clasico.
With the 233rd edition of El Clasico looming in the balance, take an in-depth look of a few notable statistics.
A meeting between two of the most iconic clubs in the world meet again in the latest chapter of El Clasico.

It often takes a little time apart to make you realise how much you need someone. Andres Iniesta has never been underappreciated -- far from it -- but Barcelona have been given a stark reminder of just how important he is to their success during the past few weeks. Getting him back for this weekend's Clasico, then, has gone down well in Catalunya. 

Iniesta injured his knee ligaments in the win against Valencia on Oct. 22. Initial fears were that he would wave goodbye to the calendar year, but...

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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: ESPN FC writers' Clasico predictions

The FC TV panel predict who will win El Clasico.
The FC TV panel predict who will win El Clasico.
The FC TV panel predict who will win El Clasico.

The latest edition of the biggest game in club football takes place on Saturday when Barcelona host Real Madrid (10:15 a.m. ET, 3:15 p.m. GMT). Here are our writers' predictions for El Clasico.

Gab Marcotti: Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Barcelona will be tighter than usual given recent outings, and individual efforts from both teams will lead to the two goals.

Graham Hunter: Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid

If Andres Iniesta can "sheepdog" Neymar into playing with discipline and also offer hitherto...

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid's global appeal a main focus for La Liga

While El Clasico headlines the La Liga action, take a look around the league with other enticing fixtures.

MADRID -- As many as half a billion fans are expected to watch Saturday's Clasico at the Camp Nou on television as Cristiano Ronaldo's high-flying Real Madrid travel to a Barcelona team increasingly reliant on their superstar Lionel Messi to save their season.

Some TV viewers will have a more privileged position than others, with the league's authorities having partnered with broadcasters in five of the world's biggest cities to put on collective screenings of what is arguably the biggest sporting...

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid more subdued but Clasico-fever in full swing

While El Clasico headlines the La Liga action, take a look around the league with other enticing fixtures.

BARCELONA -- "El Clasico is different from all other games," according to Barcelona's Javier Mascherano. And he has a point.

The match against Real Madrid draws a global television audience of over 400 million and everything is different. The players start preparing earlier, the media coverage is more intense and, for the fans, Clasico-fever is in full swing well before the 232nd instalment of the rivalry on Saturday.

Around the city of Barcelona, though, it's largely felt much like any other week....

 By Sid Lowe

El Clasico: Everything you need to know about Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

With the 233rd edition of El Clasico looming in the balance, take an in-depth look of a few notable statistics.

Saturday's Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid is the latest in a long line of epic clashes between Spain's top two clubs. With Real holding a six-point advantage over their rivals, a win for Zinedine Zidane's side could prove decisive in the title race. Here's what you need to know.

Form guide and team news

Barcelona (WWWWDD): The hosts enter the game having been held to draws in each of their past two league games.

Real Madrid (WWWWWW): Barca's stumbles have allowed Madrid, winners of six...

Messi tries to stop Ronaldo and revive Barcelona with a win in El Clasico

The ESPN FC crew discuss how important El Clasico is to Barcelona.
The ESPN FC crew discuss how important El Clasico is to Barcelona.
The ESPN FC crew discuss how important El Clasico is to Barcelona.

It's arguably the biggest match in world football: El Clasico.

Barcelona host Real Madrid on Saturday and are six points behind their bitter rivals at the top of La Liga. Richard Martin (Barcelona) and Rob Train (Real Madrid) look ahead to the clash at the Camp Nou.

Sum up the mood ahead of this one: your side's form, current issues, etc.

Richard Martin: There is naturally a bit of pessimism in Barcelona this time, hardly surprising for a club that has traditionally been a victim of fatalism...