One of the world’s most famous sporting rivalries takes centre stage once again on Sunday (night) as Real Madrid and Barcelona lock horns at the Santiago Bernabeu in the latest installment of the Clasico derby.
This high-profile meeting between fierce rivals carries extra significance given the current state of the LaLiga title race, with Quique Setien’s Barca holding a two-point advantage over Los Blancos, who were knocked off top spot last weekend courtesy of a shock defeat at Levante.
Real Madrid remain without Eden Hazard, who suffered a hairline fracture in his right fibula during the loss at Levante.
Marco Asensio is yet to return from an anterior cruciate ligament tear, while Rodrygo is suspended after being sent off playing for Real Madrid Castilla.
Jordi Alba is back in first-team training for Barcelona and Gerard Pique could feature despite a sprained ankle sustained in the Champions League draw against Napoli.
The visitors are definitely without Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday his side are in a delicate situation as they prepare to host arch rivals Barcelona in a La Liga title showdown on Sunday amid a downward spiral of results which has left their season in limbo.