El Classico- one of the biggest footballing events is set to undergo tonight at Santiago Bernanbeu where Real Madrid will host title rivals Barcelona in an epic top of the table clash.
Los Blancos are currently top of the league table with three points clear to the Catalans (with a game in hand) and favorites to lift the title. However, a win for the visitors may change the whole equation as Barcelona will emerge as a late contender to seize the La Liga glory.
Luis Enrique’s men suffered a midweek Champions League quarter-final exit against Juventus, whereas, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane enjoyed a productive week of football as his side defeated Bayern Munich and set to encounter local rivals Atletico Madrid in the semis and are favorites to conquer consecutive Champions League titles as well. Real Madrid are high on confidence and upbeat to grab all three points in order to secure first La Liga trophy since 2011–12.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Injury News and Suspensions:
Real Madrid have a couple of significant absentees as defensive duo Raphael Varane and Pepe are ruled out with thigh injury and broken rib. However, they will be boosted by the return of Gareth Bale who has stepped up his recovery from a calf injury and will be available for selection.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are desperate to get Neymar’s suspension lifted and hopeful of his availability ahead of El Classico. He has travelled with the squad as the Catalans are “still waiting for the sports tribunal’s resolution to its appeal.” However, they are set to miss the services of Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal with ankle injuries, whereas Rafinha is ruled out as well with meniscus strain.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Probable Lineups:
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Last Meeting:
Their previous La Liga meeting at Bernabeu was a disastrous evening for Los Blancos as they suffered a shambolic 4-0 defeat. Luis Suarez scored twice and Neymar and Andres Iniesta scored once each for the Catalans.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Key Players:
Both of them possess star-studded squads, yet, a Cristiano Ronaldo – Lionel Messi contest will be the most discussed subject matter. Neymar’s absence will be a huge blow for Barcelona, however, Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez holds a great scoring record against Real Madrid and will be a massive threat in front of goal. Isco has been in fine form lately and is expected to play a pivotal role in tonight’s El Classico.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Managers’ Speak:
“Tomorrow’s game will not be decisive, as we have seven finals left to play.” – Zinedine Zidane
“The aim is to stay loyal to our style — it would be ridiculous not to. Any result but a win would do us no good whatsoever.” – Luis Enrique
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Current League Form (Latest Result First):
Real Madrid: W-D-W-W-W-W
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Betting Odds:
Real Madrid: 11/10
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled on Monday, 00:15 IST and will be telecast on Sony Six for our Indian viewers. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.