El Clasico, the eagerly anticipated matchup between Barcelona and Real Madrid, remains one of the standout fixtures in the football calendar.
While the days of Cristiano Ronaldo facing Lionel Messi in this fixture are gone, there are a host of top-quality players on show for both teams.
This season there is extra significance to the fixture for Real Madrid, who are eight points clear of their closest challengers Sevilla at the top of the La Liga table. Barcelona, meanwhile, are in third place and will be determined to at least secure a top-four finish. They are currently undefeated in 11 league games.
This is the third El Clasico to be played this season. Real Madrid won 2-1 at the Nou Camp in La Liga and also prevailed with a 3-2 victory in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana played in Saudi Arabia.
There is one more El Clasico fixture remaining this season and it's taking place Sunday.
When is Barcelona vs. Real Madrid?
- Date: Sunday, March 20
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- USA streaming: ESPN+
- Canada streaming: TSN.ca, TSN app
The match from the Estadio Bernabeu will be streamed exclusively in the USA on ESPN+ and in Canada on TSN.ca.
ESPN+ will kick off its coverage one hour prior to kickoff with pregame shows in both English (special edition of ESPNFC) and in Spanish (special edition of Fuera de Juego).
The U.S. English broadcast will feature Ian Darke, former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman and ex-La Liga and U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller. The Spanish-language broadcast will feature former Real Madrid top scorer Hugo Sanchez and Pablo Zabaleta.
Why is Barcelona vs. Real Madrid called El Clasico?
El Clasico translates to 'The Classic' is English and is seen to be the pinnacle of Spanish football as two clubs with rich histories face each other.
The two clubs have won 60 of the 90 league championships in the history of Spain's top-flight division and one or the other have finisher as runners-up on 50 occasions.
They've also won 50 of the 119 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) titles between them, including finishing runners-up in the tournament another 31 times.
History of El Clasico
Overall, there have been 248 competitive El Clasico fixtures, with Real Madrid winning 100, Barcelona winning 96, and 52 games ending in a draw.
With regards to La Liga matches, Real Madrid have won 76, Barcelona have won 72, and there have been 35 draws.
|Competition||Matches||Real Madrid wins||Barcelona wins||Draws|
|Copa del Rey||35||12||15||8|
|Copa de la Liga||6||0||2||4|
|Supercopa de Espana||15||9||4||2|
|Copa de la Coronacion||1||0||1||0|
|UEFA Champions League||8||3||2||3|