This match could be decisive. Messi is expected to recover from his injury in time and the same can be said about James, Carvajal and the rest of Real's injured players. Madrid have to visit Celta Vigo's Balaídos this next Saturday and also Sevilla before this Clásico, so those two matches will be very important to see if Benítez's men need to get a win against Barcelona in their first meeting of the season.
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabéu last season but Messi and Co. had the edge at the Camp Nou with a 2-1 win after an otherwise good performance by Los Blancos. Will Madrid complete a solid defensive performance against Barça or will Keylor Navas have as much work as he's had over the last couple of games?