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Real Madrid and Barcelona crossing swords in a potential title decider at Bernebau.

Real Madrid meets FC Barcelona this Sunday in what looks set to prove a crucial game in both teams’ season. Many derbies and rivalries may come and go but the charisma of this derby can never ever fade away. This El Clásico could potentially decide this season LaLiga champion and it is regarded as the most hotly anticipated game of this season.

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Real Madrid are on the pole position in the La Liga table with a comfortable 3 points lead on their rival with a game in hand. At this late stage it seems legitimate to say that if Real Madrid manages to win this match then the title will be theirs to loose. They have a golden chance to end their 6 years long wait for a league title.

Meanwhile FC Barcelona are on the second position and they need to win this match to keep their hopes of winning the La Liga alive. Their shocking 2-0 defeat at the hands of Malaga CF have hindered their dreams of winning the league.

Zidane’s men will be full of confidence after their win or rather a controversial win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions and should be able to take advantage of Barcelona’s inconsistencies.

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Luis Enrique’s side bowed out of the Champions League this week and they will be looking to make strong amendments when they face Real Madrid. They put up a pretty decent show in their midweek Champions League draw against Juventus and thus they would like to carry this moment with them when they step on Real Madrid’s home turf.

Real Madrid should be the fresher of the teams given how they’ve been able to utilise their squad players during this hectic month. Last weekend they left the likes of Benzema, Ronaldo, Modric, Kroos and Casemiro out but still managed to win in Gijon and they’ve done similar things several times already in league matches in 2017. They have so many quality players on their bench that even an injury to a major player won’t affect Zidane that much. They have a substitute for each and every player. And not to forget that their substitutes are so good that they could easily feature in the starting lineup of any world class team.

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Let’s accept the fact that FC Barcelona don’t have quality players to even fill their starting eleven. And Luis Enrique don’t have that much of options too. He rarely experiments with his front three. He tries to experiment with the defence and the midfield but he lacks players who can fill ( or atleast step into ) the legendary shoes of Xavi, Alves e.t.c.

Team News

Real Madrid: Raphael Varane and Pepe are both sidelined. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale is back in training after suffering a muscle problem in Munich. Dani Carvajal is returning after the suspension.

FC Barcelona: For Barcelona, Aleix Vidal is out for the remainder of the season, while Rafinha is also still sidelined and Javier Mascherano is doubtful. Neymar misses out after he was handed a three-match ban for his red card and subsequent protests in the 2-0 loss at Malaga.

Head to Head

  • Overall Matches ( all Competitions ) :- 233 ( 49 Draws )
  • Real Madrid :- 93 wins ( 392 goals )
  • FC Barcelona :- 91 wins ( 380 goals )

In La Liga:

  • Real Madrid: 72 wins ( 281 goals )
  • FC Barcelona: 68 wins ( 274 goals )
  • Draw: 33 matches

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017 // Monday, April 24, 2017 ( in India, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia )
Time: 18:45 (GMT) // 19:45 (BST) // 14:45 (ET) // 00:15 (IST)
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
TV details: beIN Sports ( Canada, United States, France, Australia, Indonesia ) // FOX ( Brazil ) // Sky Sports 1 ( United Kingdom ) // Movistar Partidazo ( Barcelona ) // Digiturk ( Turkey ) // PPTV ( China ) // Sportsnavi ( Japan ) // Ten 1 ( India )
Live Stream: Sky Go app , fuboTV , beIN Sports Connect, Mobdro App, Sony LIV, JIO TV

Possible Lineups

FC Barcelona: Ter stegen; Alba, Pique, Umtiti, Roberto; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Paco Alcacer, Luis Suarez, Messi

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale