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Barcelona to host Real Madrid in first Clasico of the season on December 18

15:52 GMT+3 13/11/2019
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La Liga's most anticipated fixture has finally been rescheduled after safety concerns forced the Spanish Football federation to move the original date

Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet at Camp Nou for the first El Clasico of the 2019-20 season on December 18, it has been confirmed on Wednesday.

The two sides were originally scheduled to face off on October 26, but the Liga showdown was postponed by the Spanish football federation due to security concerns.

Mass protests have been taking place across Catalunya following the decision by Spanish authorities to jail nine high-profile members of the Catalan independence movement.

These demonstrations raised concerns over safety ahead of Madrid's arrival at Camp Nou last month, with the RFEF ultimately deciding to move the fixture to a later date.

La Liga have confirmed that the clash will now take place on Wednesday, December 18, with the action set to kick off at 8:00pm CET.

Supporters were blessed with four El Clasico clashes in total last season, with Barca recording 5-1 and 1-0 victories over their arch-rivals in La Liga, while also knocking Madrid out of the Copa del Rey at the semi-final stage 4-1 on aggregate.

Barcelona currently sit at the top of the Primera Division standings, ahead of Madrid on goal difference after 12 fixtures.

The Spanish champions thrashed Celta Vigo 4-1 at Camp Nou just before the international break, while Zinedine Zidane's side put four past Eibar without reply at Ipurua Municipal Stadium.

Barca return to action after the international break with a trip to Leganes on November 23, before hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League four days later.

Madrid, meanwhile, are also in action on both dates, with Real Sociedad and Paris Saint-Germain both set to arrive at Santiago Bernabeu in the space of a week.