Both teams make one change from their midweek wins. Real Madrid bring in Fede Valverde for Marco Asensio, which probably means a change to a diamond midfield. Barcelona have replaced Antoine Griezmann with Ronald Araujo, so Frenkie de Jong will move into midfield. Gerard Pique, who has been out for a month, is back on the bench.
Real Madrid (4-D-2) Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro; Modric, Kroos; Valverde; Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Substitutes: Lunin, Altube, Asensio, Marcelo, Odriozola, Isco, Mariano, Rodrygo.
Barcelona (3-5-2) ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet; Dest, Pedri, Busquets, de Jong, Jordi Alba; Messi, Dembele.
Substitutes: Pena, Tenas, Pique, Griezmann, Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Trincao, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Junior, Moriba.
Referee Gil Manzano.
The clasico has got its glamour back. After a couple of years of relative drabness, this feels like a proper meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The context is perfect for the neutral: both teams know that victory tonight would put them top of the table, and make them favourites to win La Liga. That looked unlikely a few months ago, particularly when Barcelona were 13th in the table. But their recent form has been devastating, and they have taken 40 points from 14 league games since the turn of the year.
Real Madrid are also in very good form and dealt efficiently with Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. But they will again be without Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, which is far from ideal against a rampant Barcelona attack. Oh, just one other thing about tonight’s game: it might be Lionel Messi’s last clasico.
Kick off 9pm in Madrid, 8pm in London.
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