Real Madrid’s 3-0 home defeat in the semi-final stages of the Copa del Rey will have rocked Los Blancos slightly ahead of what is a very important game in the context of La Liga’s title race this season.
The hosts have lost their last two competitive outings at the Bernabeu, the latter of which was Wednesday’s El Clasico, but the former saw Solari’s men throw away a lead in a 2-1 defeat to struggling Girona.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last nine games, stepping up to the plate well in the last two games to see off both Sevilla and Real Madrid. The away side didn’t need to be at their best to win in the first El Clasico of the week, but the second is set to be more fiery.
Real Madrid- Sergio Ramos is available in the league once again for the home side after sitting out versus Levante due to suspension.
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Despite a heavy defeat midweek in the Copa del Rey against Barcelona, the only change which is expected from Santiago Solari is to restore Thibaut Courtois in goal.
Barcelona- Arthur should be available for selection for Ernesto Valverde, after a spell on the sidelines due to injury, but the Brazilian midfield may not be risked from the off in Madrid.
Nelson Semedo is likely to retain his place at right-back for the Blaugrana, given that his pace can be useful in the battle against tricky Real Madrid wide man Vinicius Jr.
Samuel Umtiti could return at centre-back for the visitors, after Clement Lenglet’s appearance midweek, as Barca try to slowly integrate the former back into regular first-team action after a serious knee injury.
Real Madrid have seen over 2.5 goals in 25 of their last 29 matches against Barcelona in all competitions.
Barcelona have won 10 of their last 12 matches (La Liga).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Real Madrid’s last 5 games (La Liga).
Real Madrid have won 6 of their last 7 matches (La Liga).
Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 matches (La Liga).
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (La Liga).
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 away matches (La Liga).
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