The Spanish fixture list was released today and it has conspiracy tongues wagging as the first Clasico could be played on October 26 at Santiago Bernabeu. At the moment, Luis Suarez’s four month ban is scheduled to end on October 25, meaning the Clasico would be the first game that that he will be eligible to play in.
The second meeting is scheduled for the Camp Nou on the weekend of March 21.
Technically the first Clásico is scheduled for Saturday 25 October or Sunday 26, meaning if it is played on the Saturday, Suarez won’t be able to play, but if it’s on the Sunday he will. The decision on which days the games are played lies in the hands of the television companies.
Had there been Champions League games the following week then the game would have been played on the Saturday, however that week isn’t a Champions League week. However that week only Real Madrid have a Spanish Cup game (their participation in the Club World Cup means they have changed their Cup schedule). Madrid may therefore seek to force the game to be played on the Saturday, in order to have time to prepare their Cup game.
Suarez making his debut in the Clasico on the 26th will be the biggest story in football for the first three months of the season and that match will be must-watch TV around the world. I cannot see any way that it is not played on Sunday.