Both of these teams recorded 3-2 wins in the Champions League in midweek but Liverpool have more reason to feel confident heading into Sunday’s crunch clash. Their victory against Atletico Madrid continued their unbeaten start to the season and maintained their incredible scoring form on their travels.
The first Clasico of the season may not have quite the usual appeal due to the relative struggles of both teams but it remains a fixture which attracts global interest. It has been a tough season so far for Barca after the departure of Lionel Messi and defeat on Sunday would be a further setback for under-fire boss Ronald Koeman.
Leicester are yet to follow up a midweek match with a weekend victory this season so look uneasy favourites when they make a tricky trip to Brentford on Sunday. Wednesday’s Europa League visit to Russia was their fourth midweek game with the others followed by a 2-1 defeat at Brighton and 2-2 draws with Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Southampton got the monkey off their back with a first league win of the season last weekend and will want to double their tally against still-winless Burnley. Summer arrival Armando Broja justified Ralph Hasenhuttl’s decision to leave Adam Armstrong on the bench with his first Premier League goal to secure a 1-0 victory over Leeds.
There was plenty of late drama in the previous matches involving Arsenal and Aston Villa and neutrals will hope for similar excitement on Friday night. The Gunners rescued a 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace with a last-gasp equaliser while Villa threw away a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat against Wolves.