Real Madrid vs Barcelona

When and how to watch the Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona on television and online

On Sunday’s LaLiga matchday nine, Real Madrid will play host to Barcelona at the Bernabéu in the first Clásico of the 2022–23 campaign.

This weekend, the first Clásico of the year pits Real Madrid against Barcelona, with first place in LaLiga Santander on the line.

When does Real Madrid vs. Barcelona take place?

On Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 4:15 p.m. local time (CEST), Real Madrid and Barcelona will square off in LaLiga matchday nine of the 2022–23 season. That is 10:15 AM ET (7:15 AM PT) in the US. If you are watching from a different time zone, find out when the Clásico begins.

In the US, how can I watch the Clásico?

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona may be seen in the US on ESPN+, a streaming website. The platform has a monthly fee of $6.99 or a yearly fee of $69.99.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid in real time on AS USA

As an alternative, you can watch AS USA’s coverage of Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the Clásico. When kickoff time arrives, we’ll be providing you with minute-by-minute updates on the main action at the Bernabéu. We’ll have a live-text stream with all the buildup throughout the day.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid preview

La Liga leaders Barcelona travel to the Bernabéu ahead of Real Madrid on goal differential, but the mood in Catalonia is hardly upbeat after Xavi Hernández’s team nearly lost the Champions League midweek. Although the 3-3 draw between Barça and Inter Milan on Tuesday at home may have offered precisely the kind of entertainment that the group stage of the European championship is regularly and rightfully accused of lacking, it will be of little comfort to Barça. If they want to advance to the round of 16 ahead of the Italians, Lady Luck must now perform a favor of nearly incomprehensible dimensions.

However, Barça has performed far better at home. The Blaugrana haven’t lost a point since their opening-matchday tie with Rayo Vallecano in large part because of summer acquisition Robert Lewandowski, who has scored nine goals in his first eight LaLiga games for the team. Their unblemished start to the league season is also mainly due to a tenacious defense that has only allowed one goal in the top flight thus far.

Real Madrid enters the 185th LaLiga Clásico having advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League with two games remaining this week. The reigning Spanish and European champions were poised to suffer their first loss of the campaign on Wednesday against Shakhtar Donetsk, but Antonio Rüdiger’s injury-time header saved a point in Warsaw and ensured Los Blancos’ passage out of Group F.

Madrid, which dropped to second position in La Liga after drawing with Osasuna earlier this month, is aiming to retake the lead over Barça as well as exact revenge for the humiliating loss they suffered the previous time the two teams faced off at the Bernabéu. The 4-0 thrashing in March put a stop to Madrid’s run of five straight Clásico victories, and Barça now has the chance to defeat Los Vikingos twice for the first time since March 2019.

Who officiates the Clásico matches?

In the capital of Spain, José Mara Sánchez Martnez will serve as the official referee. The 39-year-old, who will be in command of his sixth Clásico, will have the help of Juan López Mir and Ral Cabaero Martnez. Jorge Dáz Escudero will serve as the fourth official at the Bernabéu, and Alejandro Hernández Hernández will serve as the video assistant referee.