Both sides could really use a victory at Camp Nou, with mid-table Barca held by Sevilla and defeated by Getafe before thrashing Hungarian champions Ferencvaros 5-1 in their Champions League opener in midweek.
Europe's elite club competition offered no respite for reigning Spanish champions Real, however, with Zinedine Zidane's men stunned 3-2 at home by Shakhtar Donetsk four days after being bested on the same ground by newly-promoted Cadiz.
It would be fair to say that both managers are feeling the pressure ahead of what promises to be a spicy and important early-season Clasico.
How to watch
TV Channel: In the UK, Barcelona vs Real Madrid is being shown live on LaLigaTV, with kick-off at 3pm BST this afternoon.
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Live Stream: Those with a LaLigaTV subscription can watch the action online via the Premier Player.
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