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Spain’s top two battle it out in crunch el clasico

sports Updated: Dec 10, 2011 02:03 IST

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Real Madrid host Barcelona in the first Clasico of the Spanish league season on Saturday with the edge in the title race, but fearful of Barca coach Pep Guardiola's enviable record at the Bernabeu.

It is now three years since Real last won the league and while they carry a three-point lead over their Catalan rivals with a game in hand, they know that the Clasicos can play a key role in the destination of the championship.

While Barca have stuttered away from home this season, Real have been relentless and will be now looking for their 16th consecutive victory in all competitions, while in the league they have scored 49 goals in 14 games.

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Still, the statistics go out of the window when the visitors are the domestic and European champions and have already beaten Real this season in the Spanish Super Cup.