Real Madrid vs Barcelona : Clasico of the week takes place on Saturday when Real Madrid hosts Barcelona. This time the match at Santiago Bernabeu will be in the Spanish league and it comes just days after Barca’s 3-0 win over Real Madrid to advance to the Copa del Rey final in May. This one is a chance for Real Madrid to get back into the title race and for Barcelona to possibly knock them out of it. Barcelona enters the weekend in first with a record of 17-6-2 and 57 points, while Real is third at 15-3-7 and 48 points.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Spanish Primera División
Place: Santiago Bernabeu – Madrid, ESP
Time: 2:45PM ET
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Real Madrid will be without the suspended Nacho for this encounter.
Marcos Llorente is out injured while Sergio Ramos is expected to shake off a knock to start in the heart of the defence.
Thibaut Courtois and Gareth Bale, who were substitutes in midweek, are set to be recalled into the starting XI.
Possible Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Vinicius
Barcelona will have virtually a full squad available for Saturday’s Clasico. Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha are absent with a calf and knee problem respectively.
Possible Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Dembele
Real Madrid vs Barcelona : Match Preview
Saturday’s Clasico clash against Barcelona is set to be decisive in Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign.
Defeat would leave them an apparently insurmountable 12 points adrift of the Catalans, but interim head coach Santi Solari is not envisaging such a scenario, despite suffering a thumping 3-0 loss to their great rivals on Wednesday.
“We’re back on our feet, wanting to pick up more points,” the Argentine said. “The fixture list and destiny wanted us to be up against the same opponents, again the big Clasico of Spanish football. We’re going into it with the same desire and the same spirit as in the previous match, trying to improve the things we must improve and to sustain the things we did well.”
“Bale has played every game since returning from injury and is scoring goals,” he argued.
“All are important, not only those who start the matches.
“We have points to play for in this game, it’s a different competition to Wednesday,” Valverde told a news conference. “It’s very difficult, as I said the other day, for the same result to occur in the same game twice in a row but we would obviously like that to happen.
“We’re going there to search for a win that would be a big blow for them and a big boost to ourselves, but we know how difficult it is. Despite the result the other day, we found it very difficult.
“They were creating dangerous chances against us and we created very little bar some isolated attacks, not enough and there was something missing from our football. So yes, we need to improve, create more goalscoring chances, as we didn’t have that the other day.”