The first Clasico of the season may not have quite the usual appeal due to the relative struggles of both teams but it remains a fixture which attracts global interest. It has been a tough season so far for Barca after the departure of Lionel Messi and defeat on Sunday would be a further setback for under-fire boss Ronald Koeman.
There was plenty of late drama in the previous matches involving Arsenal and Aston Villa and neutrals will hope for similar excitement on Friday night. The Gunners rescued a 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace with a last-gasp equaliser while Villa threw away a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat against Wolves.
Both of these teams recorded 3-2 wins in the Champions League in midweek but Liverpool have more reason to feel confident heading into Sunday’s crunch clash. Their victory against Atletico Madrid continued their unbeaten start to the season and maintained their incredible scoring form on their travels.
Leicester are yet to follow up a midweek match with a weekend victory this season so look uneasy favourites when they make a tricky trip to Brentford on Sunday. Wednesday’s Europa League visit to Russia was their fourth midweek game with the others followed by a 2-1 defeat at Brighton and 2-2 draws with Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Leaders Chelsea are expected to overcome the loss of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner in their top-versus-bottom battle against Norwich at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have posted back-to-back Premier League victories over Southampton and Brentford while Norwich remain winless and on just two points from their eight games.