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El Clasico, by the numbers
by Paul Kennedy, December 8th, 2011 10:24PM

TAGS:  barcelona, real madrid, spain


[REAL MADRID-BARCELONA] Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet for a record seventh time this season on Saturday. Here are all the numbers you need to know to impress your friends while watching El Clasico ...

Xavi will be playing in his 600th game for Barcelona. It will be his 23rd La Liga Clasico.

Real Madrid has received 28 cards in its six matches with Barcelona this season: 23 yellow cards and five red cards.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo are tied for the La Liga scoring lead with 17 goals. The closest player is Ronaldo's Real teammate, Gonzalo Higuain, with 12 goals.

Real Madrid has tied a 41-year-old club record with 15 straight wins in all competitions. It was the only team to sweep all six group games in the UEFA Champions League, and it is 18-2-2 overall this season in competitive play. Its only losses were 3-2 at Barcelona in the second leg of the Super Copa and 1-0 at Levante on Day 3 of La Liga.

Pep Guardiola has faced Real Madrid 11 times since taking over as Barca coach in 2008 and lost only once. It was a 1-0 overtime decision in the 2011 Copa del Rey final in Valencia. Barca has won seven games and tied the three others.

In the last seven years, Barcelona has won the first game five times and Real Madrid has won twice, and every time the winner has gone on to capture La Liga championship.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have already met six times in 2011. Barcelona has won two games, Real Madrid has won once and three games have ended in ties. In Madrid, Barcelona has won once (2-0 in the Champions League) and tied two other times (1-1 in La Liga and 2-2 in the Super Copa).

Messi has scored the last five times he's played Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium.

Barcelona's ball possession in its six meetings with Real Madrid this season.

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