El Classico - the name given to the match between fierce rivals, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid - is one of the most watched sporting events and the clash has been nothing but a heated contest, on both the sides.


All eyes will be on Leo Messi on Saturday. Source: Getty Images

Real, the table toppers of the current season are six points clear of the hosts, Barcelona when the two teams set Camp Nou on fire for yet another incredible game of football.


La Liga 2016-17 standing:


Team Games Played Won Draw Loss Goals scored Points
Real Madrid 13 10 3 0 36 33
FC Barcelona 13 8 3 2 33 27
Sevilla 13 8 3 2 24 27


Los Blancos - Real are famously called in Spain - also lead Barcelona in La Liga and over all head to head, giving them a physiological edge over the hosts.


Here is the Barca vs Real, head to head in La Liga:


No. of Matches Barca (wins) Real Madrid (wins) Draws
172 68 72 32


Source: Getty Images


FC Barcelona - Real Madrid, overall head to head below:


No of Matches Barca (wins) Real Madrid (wins) Draws
231 90 93 48


However, if the friendlies are included as well, Barca lead the head to head 109-97 against these opponents.


Real who have defeated Barca 20 times in their backyard will look to repeat that feat, while the defending champions, Barcelona who have been winless in the last two weeks will be desperate to grab the three points to reduce the gap from Real.


FC Barcelona are the defending champions of La Liga 2016-17. Source: Getty Images


Going into the Saturday's encounter, while Ronaldo is the current leading goal scorer with 10 goals after 13 fixtures, with his arch rival, Leo Messi just a goal behind having netted nine times so far in the Spanish league in 2016-17 season.


Messi so far has netted just 9 times in La Liga 2016-17. Source: Getty Images


However, it is the Argentine who is on the top of the goal sheet of overall El Classico matches. Messi has 21 goals to his name to Ronaldo's 15, who holds the joint third place with former Madrid forward Raul Gonzalez and Barcelona's Cesar Rodriguez.


Top 5 goal scorers of El Clasico:


Player name Goals Club
Leo Messi 21 FC Barcelona
Alfredo Di Stefano 18 Real Madrid
Raul Gonzalez 15 Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo 15 Real Madrid
Cesar Rodriguez 15 FC Barcelona