La Liga have confirmed that the first Clásico of the 2019/20 season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will go ahead at Camp Nou at 8pm (CET) on Wednesday 18 December.

The original fixture was postponed over fears it could become engulfed in planned protests in the city relating to the sentencing of prominent figures in the Catalan separatist movement, but there was much debate over when it should be rearranged.

However, there is now a total agreement and no more reason for delay in the decision. A number of dates in December were up for consideration, with the various parties involved seemingly favouring different ones. There was even talk of a legal challenge from La Liga when 18 December was confirmed by the Spanish Federation’s competitions committee last month.

That midweek date clashes with the first round of the Copa del Rey, which Barça and Real are not involved in, and threatened to affect the global audience for the fixture given that it will be played in the middle of the night in the huge Asian market.

Yet a weekend date earlier in December would have involved postponing and rearranging other La Liga fixtures for both clubs. Wednesday 4 December was another midweek date considered.

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga

After 12 games of 2019/20 played, Barça and Real are level on points at the top of La Liga, with the reigning champions in first place by virtue of having a marginally superior goal difference. Both are one point clear of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla in third and fourth respectively.

The reverse Clásico fixture at the Bernabeu later in the season is currently scheduled for the weekend of 29 February/1 March 2020 and could have title race implications.

Barça have won La Liga in eight of the last 11 seasons, with Real collecting only two titles during that time.

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