Neymar, Alves, Messi and Sergio in Barça's last Bernabéu win (3-4, 2013) / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

El Clásico is fast approaching. Ahead of Saturday’s meeting between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu, here are some of the most interesting facts, stats and trivia that you might want to know

1 - In the last nine league Clásicos, both sides have managed to score, making it the second longest such streak after the two teams did so on 13 occasions between 1946 and 1952

2 - In the last seven Madrid-Barça fixtures in the league, the Catalans have gotten the better of the side from the capital with four wins, one draw and two defeats. If all competitions are considered, Barça again are on top with six wins, three draws and three defeats.

3 - Madrid and Barça have met in Week 12 of La Liga on seven occasions. The blaugranes have won the last three (2004, 2005 and 2009) and did not concede in any of those matches.

4 - Andrés Iniesta has made the most Clásico appearances of any Barça player currently in the squad, with 31 matches against Madrid in all competitions. The Barça player with the most appearances in the fixture is Xavi Hernandez who featured 42 times against Madrid with a record of 17 wins, 12 draws and 13 defeats.

5 - Rafa Benitez has faced Barça on 12 occasions, as manager of Valladolid, Extremadura, Valencia and Liverpool: seven wins, one draw and four losses.

6 - The most frequent result between Madrid-Barça meetings at the Santiago Bernabeu is 2-1 (18). Other often-seen scorelines are 1-1-1 (15), 1-2 (13) and 0-1 (13).

7 - Did you know that Leo Messi is closing in on another record? This time for the most league Clásico goals. In his 18 matches against Madrid in La Liga, he has scored 14 times, the same number as Alfredo Di Stéfano. Also of significance is the fact that the Argentine has scored eight of those in the capital.

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8 - Real Madrid have not lost in their last 22 league matches at home (19 wins and three draws).

9 - Barça have scored in their last 15 league matches on the road (41 goals with an average of 2.7 per game).

10 - The current top three scorers in La Liga belong to either Barça or Madrid. Neymar Jr. is top of the pack with eleven goals, Luis Suárez follows with nine while Cristiano Ronaldo has eight.

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