The hallowed turf of the Santiago Bernabeu will be the first under the feet of Luis Suarez as he makes his Barcelona debut at Real Madrid.
Following the conclusion of his third lengthy ban for biting an opponent, the Uruguayan’s return to the fold dominates the pre-Clasico build up, but Los Blancos needn’t fear the man who fired 31 Premier League goals last term.
Masochistic Liverpool fans will be chomping on the 6/1 that says Suarez strikes first in the most fiercely contested collision in club football, while there’ll be few who would doubt his ability to bag the match ball with a 25/1-rated hat-trick.
But chewy Luis’ scoring record against the fattest cats in English football says he won’t rustle the net in the Spanish capital.
During the 2013/14 campaign, the ex-Ajax striker made seven appearances against Liverpool’s top-four bedfellows.
In these games he scored a grand total of…wait for it…no goals.
This includes three games pitting wits with the poorly protected and often brutally exposed backline of Arsenal.
Liverpool put five past the Gunners at Anfield, yet Suarez abstained from getting in on the act.
Similarly, the Reds feasted on three strikes when they entertained Manchester City, but Suarez was not among those to profit from their porous guests.
Neither side have a defence anywhere near as capable as Real Madrid’s.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have a laudable goal-prevention department and, true to form, it was too stern for Suarez to crack in two meetings.
Los Merengues have given up just one goal in their previous five outings and a repeat of this miserliness will see the Suarez threat negated with ease.