With the two biggest clubs in Spain sitting level on points atop the La Liga table, the first El Clasico of 2022/23 brings a certain extra bite to the Bernabeu as one of the greatest rivalries in world football takes the field.
Real Madrid host Barcelona with the visitors in first place based on the first tiebreaker: goal differential (+19 vs +12). The two sides are both unbeaten, with seven wins and a draw each.
Barcelona have obliterated La Liga competition thus far, with a massive 20 goals scored to just a single goal conceded through the first eight matches of the season, but slips in Champions League play have left them on the brink of group stage elimination in that tournament, and they enter this match desperate for a turnaround result.
Madrid, meanwhile, have the opposite problem, becoming the first Champions League club to confirm a knockout stage place, but forced to work hard for their league results to this point.
Of their seven victories, four have come by a single goal, and they have also benefited from a red card shown to their opponents in three different matches.
Both teams have plenty to gain and a whole lot to lose as well, which should make for a tense and venomous affair in Madrid.
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona TV Channel, Live Stream
|Australia||Mon, Oct. 17||01:15 AEST||—||Optus Sport|
|Canada||Sun, Oct. 16||10:15 ET||TSN3||TSN site/app|
|India||Sun, Oct. 16||19:45 IST||Sports18||Voot Select|
|Malaysia||Sun, Oct. 16||22:15 MT||beIN Sports||beIN Connect|
|New Zealand||Mon, Oct. 17||03:15 NZST||Sky Sports 7 beIN Sports||beIN Connect|
|Singapore||Sun, Oct. 16||22:15 SST||beIN Sports||beIN Connect, StarHub TV+|
|UK||Sun, Oct. 16||15:15 BST||Premier Sports 1, LaLigaTV||Premier Player HD|
|USA||Sun, Oct. 16||10:15 ET||ESPN Deportes||fuboTV, ESPN+|
The United Kingdom will be able to watch Sunday’s huge El Clasico match on Premier Sports 1 and LaLigaTV. Access it online via Premier Player.
The United States of America can watch the Bernabeu battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona on ESPN Deportes and stream the game on ESPN+, just like they can watch every other La Liga match this season.
If you sign up for fuboTV before October 16th, you can save $40 on the Latino package quarterly plan, which includes ESPN Deportes and other sports channels, bringing the total price to just $59.
In Canada, the game will air on TSN3, and Canadians may also watch it live on the TSN app or website.
Optus Sport, which also has the exclusive broadcasting rights to the Premier League in Australia, is the sole distributor of La Liga in that country.