Barcelona vs Real Madrid H2H: Bellingham’s first taste of El Clasico

The latest chapter in the long history of the Barcelona vs Real Madrid H2H will be written on Saturday. El Clasico will take place in a strange location with Barca currently playing home games at the city’s Olympic Stadium.

It’s matchday 11 in La Liga and with just a point separating the teams, there’s little to choose between the sides heading into this game which will kick off at 16:15 in the Catalan capital, 15:15 in the UK.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid H2H
Vinicius and Gavi square up on 2/3/23 in the Copa del Rey – Photo by Icon sport

Barcelona vs Real Madrid H2H Record

There have been 254 previous meetings.

  • Barcelona Wins: 100
  • Draws: 52
  • Real Madrid Wins: 102

These clubs have met in a range of different competitions over the years with the overall Barcelona vs Real Madrid H2H record very even. The rivalry dates back to the first ever edition of El Clasico which took place in the Copa de la Coronacion in 1902 and resulted in a 3-1 Barca win.

The fixture has of course evolved massively since then and there were five meetings last season alone with Real Madrid winning 2 and Barcelona 3. Los Blancos were 3-1 winners in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu almost exactly a year ago with Premier League-linked Rodrgyo netting a Stoppage Time penalty to seal the points.

However Barcelona gained some revenge with three straight victories in the Supercopa and reverse fixture in La Liga, as well as the 1st Leg of a Copa del Rey Semi-Final.

Rodrgyo vs Barcelona
Rodrygo runs at FC Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 2, 2023 – Photo by Alvaro Medranda/Icon Sport

Last time out…

The most recent meeting was very one-sided though as Real Madrid cast doubt on the true quality of Barcelona’s title-bound side with a thumping 4-0 win at Camp Nou to book their place in the Final of the Copa del Rey.

Vinicius Junior netted in First Half Stoppage Time to level the scores on aggregate before a hat-trick from Karim Benzema sealed a convincing win after the break.

The Frenchman, who has since become one of the standout Saudi Pro League signings, went on to help Real Madrid win the cup. However Barca bounced back well from their cup Clasico defeat to go on to win La Liga at a canter, finishing 10 points clear of their bitter rivals.

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates a goal during the Copa del Rey Semi Final on April 5, 2023 – Photo by Icon sport

Barcelona vs Real Madrid H2H: Potential MVP

While Jude Bellingham did play in a friendly game between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Texas in July, this is his first real taste of the fixture that has come to define Spanish football.

The Englishman has risen to every challenge thrown in front of him since joining Los Blancos with 11 goals in 12 appearances, an extraordinary goalscoring record for a midfielder.

He netted again in midweek, curling home from the edge of the penalty area as Real Madrid won at Braga in the Champions League. On current form, he’s certainly the main danger man for the visitors here and his link-up play with Vinicius Junior will be key to the away team’s chances.

Bellingham has not previously faced Barcelona in a competitive setting so this will be a new experience for him.

Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham for Real Madrid – Photo by Icon sport

Barcelona: Players in focus

Felix winless and goalless against Real 

This is also Joao Felix’s first Clasico. He failed to come out on the winning side or score in any of the 8 competitive Madrid derbies he played.

Gavi’s energy key to Barca’s chances

Gavi was suspended in midweek but his energy will be crucial if Barcelona are to compete in midfield where Real Madrid are strong in numbers and quality.

Fermin pushing for start after UCL brilliance

Youngster Fermin Lopez was on fire as Barcelona beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 with a fine goal and two other efforts that hit the post.

Fermin Lopez
Fermin Lopez celebrates against Shakhtar – 25/10/23 – Photo by Icon Sport

Real Madrid: Players in focus

Vinicius Junior getting back to his best

The middle part of 2023 has been tough for Vinicius as he battled injuries but he’s looking really sharp again just in time for El Clasico.

Kroos to bring experience in midfield

Toni Kroos started the season out of the Real Madrid side but looks likely to start here. The German has played in El Clasico on 25 occasions, winning 11 and losing 11.

Kepa’s big test

This is the biggest test yet for loanee Kepa who suffered 2-0 defeats in each of his two previous games against Barca with Athletic Club.

Real Madrid face Barcelona
07.10.2023: Toni Kroos looks on during the La Liga EA Sports match between Real Madrid and Osasuna – Photo by Icon Sport

Final Prediction

There’s not a lot to choose between the sides at the moment, but Barcelona’s injury problems may swing this in the away team’s favour. 

First team regulars Frenkie de Jong, Jules Kounde, Pedri and Robert Lewandowski are all expected to be absent from the starting eleven which gives Jude Bellingham and co a real chance to claim victory in El Clasico.

We’re saying 2-1 to Real Madrid with Jude Bellingham to score the first goal.

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Mark Sochon

Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.