This Saturday marks one of the biggest occasions in the world of football.

The two Spanish giants that are Real Madrid and Barcelona will square off for the first of their two annual meetings in one of the biggest football rivalries of all-time, a rivalry that many know as El Clasico.

The first edition of the 2013/14 season is to be hosted by Barcelona in front of a 98,500-capacity crowd at Camp Nou, and it will be a very tense affair, with a moment of brilliance or a slight mistake the only thing that could separate these two teams, each with enough talent and quality to win any league, cup or tournament on the planet.

Two of the newest additions to the Barcelona and Real Madrid set-ups could be the difference on Saturday, as pretty-boy Neymar and Welshman Gareth Bale go hammer-and-tongs to help their club claim the advantage in the two-part epic, starting in Barcelona.

Worthy of £48.6 million, Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos in the summer transfer window, a team that is considered one of the greatest of all-time, one that needs no further introduction when names like Messi, Iniesta, Puyol and Fabregas appear on the team sheet.

The Brazilian has been an important part of getting Barcelona to the top of the league, making eight appearances from the nine games Barcelona have played in the La Liga, scoring two goals and five assists in the process.

With his goal-creating skills, paired with Lionel Messi's well-documented goal-scoring ability (he has scored seven goals from eight appearances in the league this season), Barcelona's attack could cause havoc for the Madrid defence.

This can be backed up by Barcelona's whopping 22 goal differential from their nine games this season.

Bale also joined Real Madrid from Tottenham during the summer transfer window, for a world-record price of £85.3 million, beating the previous record, that was held by fellow superstar team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, of £80 million.

Unlike the 21-year-old Brazilian, the Welsh winger has not enjoyed the best form since moving to his Spanish club, with his game time being hampered by injury, meaning that he has only played in three of Madrid's nine games, starting in just one.

Despite having scored just one goal and making no assists this season, the former Tottenham man should be overdue a quality performance by now, having not displayed his brilliance that he showed for the London club last season, the brilliance that cause Madrid to pay over £80 million for him in the first place.

If he can overcome some niggling injuries and reproduce his goal-scoring brilliance that he gave for Tottenham, Bale, when paired up with Messi's arch nemesis that is Ronaldo (who has scored eight goals and created one in his nine performances for Madrid this season), could topple the beasts from Barcelona and share top spot in the league.

Expect a tense, but exciting and high-scoring game, with plenty of passion and drama, everything you would expect there would be in an extraordinary El Clasico dual.

It is set to be a classic.

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