Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Spanish Super Cup
Date: Sun, 13 Aug, 17 @9pm
Venue: Camp Nou Stadium
Another El-Clasico clash beckons as Barcelona play host to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
The game between the two bitter and eternal rivals is set to hold at Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday night.
This is also a traditional fixture between both the winners of the La Liga title and Copa del Rey trophy.
Los Blancos picked up the Spanish league title last season while the Catalans carted home the Copa del Rey diadem.
Meanwhile, the El-Clasico also happens to be the greatest club football match in the whole world, according to concrete findings.
And the whole world is set to be at a standstill when the two biggest Spanish clubs clash on Sunday.
There is usually no love lost between the supporters of both clubs and there will be lots of hostility.
This particular trophy which is at stake also happens to be the first opportunity for a diadem this new season.
And that is the situation as the Galacticos travel to the Camp Nou to do battle with bitter rivals, Barca.
For the first time in five seasons, the two teams will square up against each other in the curtain-raising tie.
And both will hopeful of drawing the first blood prior to what should be another entertaining and highly enthralling season.
Barca, however, have a new manager, Ernesto Valverde in charge of the club, ushering in a new era in Catalonia.
And the Spanish tactician alongside Barca fans will be hoping his tenure proves just as successful as his immediate predecessors.
Barca will, however, face a Madrid side and manager, Zinedine Zidane who just won the European Super Cup last Tuesday.
The duo of midfielder, Andre Gomes and defender, Thomas Vermaelen are likely to return for the Supercopa de Espana clash.
In the absence of a world-class player to partner Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, Valverde will likely use Gerard Deulofeu.
The Spanish international should be fit enough, though, despite limping off last time out.
Meanwhile, the only absentee for Zidane is Jesus Vallejo, although, it is not certain if talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo will start.
Luka Modric is out because of a red card he got against Atletico Madrid in this competition three years ago.
But the Madrid midfielder is free to feature in the second leg which comes up next Wednesday at the Bernabeu.
These great football rivals have so far, so good clashed with each other on 267 previous occasions across all competitions.
This dates back to the first outing in 1929 when Madrid came out on top 2-1 in the La Liga.
Barca have the better record overall, however, recording 111 victories to Los Blancos’ 97.
This includes a dramatic 3-2 win the last time the two rivals tangoed at the Bernabeu Stadium in April.
And Lionel Messi, not for the first time in this famous match-up was the game-winner in that very league game.
Barca and Madrid have so far met each other twelve times in this very competition, meanwhile.
Madrid have won six of those while losing four with Barca failing to record an away victory in the process.
Los Blancos have not kept a clean sheet against Barcelona since the Copa del Rey final in the 2010/11 season.
Barca are the most successful club in the Spanish Super Cup, winning it twelve times and finishing runners-up nine times.