Just three days after locking horns at the Bernabeu in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, Real Madrid and Barcelona are set for another feisty tie, this time in La Liga.

Barca recorded a 3-0 victory at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night to book their spot in yet another Copa del Rey final and will be looking to pour more misery on their bitter rivals in Saturday’s El Clasico.

According to the AS statistics, Sergio Ramos will equal the record for most appearances in the Clasico tonight.

Whether he would lead his team to victory is yet to be seen.

This is the 241st Clasico. Madrid lead the head-to-head 95 wins to Barca’s 94, with the remaining 51 fixtures finishing in stalemates.

That said, Madrid have won just one of the last eight league Clasicos, while they have not beaten Barca on home soil in Spain’s top flight since a 3-1 home success in October 2014.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for live ppdates.

Kickoff is 8:45pm

Real Madrid team news

Starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguilon; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Bale, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Subs: Navas, Marcelo, Valverde, Lucas Vazquez, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos.

Barcelona team news

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Dembele.

Subs: Cillessen, Umtiti, Semedo, Vidal, Alena, Coutinho, Malcom.

LIVE UPDATE


Barcelona kick off tonight’s El Clasico!


Yellow card Sergio Busquets gets the first book as Real Madrid win a free kick in a dangerous area


Bale curls it over the wall… over the bar and into the crowd.. Barcelona catch their breath


Chance for Barcelona but Phillipe Courtois rushes out to force a corner


Real Madrid win a free kick and they take it quick


Benzema tries a shot but it has gone wide


Benzema tries a shot but it has gone wide



Gareth Bale and Kroos position themselves as Real Madrid win another free kick


Suarez shot! Phillipe Courtois with a fantastic save


Lionel Messi comes close .. a delicate chip from the Argentine narrowly misses the target


Good move by Real Madrid… Final shot from Modric but the Barcelona do well to defend…… Still goalless after 23 minutes


GOALLLL!!! Ivan Rakitic gives Barcelona the lead


Real Madrid find themselves on the back foot here


Real Madrid fighting for a quick equaliser.. Vinicus with a volley but his effort blokced


Carvajal win a corner as Real Madrid continue to press for an equaliser


Krooss set to take the task as Real Madrid win a free kick on the edge of Barcelona box


Interception by Ramos denies Lionel Messi the needed contact


Barcelona have a free kick


Courtois makes a big save as Suarez strikes a low shot


Free kick for Barcelona but Messi blasts it wide


Ball possesion : Real Madrid 46%- Barcelona 54%


Glancing header from Modric goes just over the bar


Hot exchange between Ramos and Messi


Glancing header from Modric goes just over the bar


Hot exchange between Ramos and Messi


Half Time Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona


Real Madrid get the game underway for the second half


What a miss by Benzema


Real Madrid Sub; Toni Kroos off for Valverde


Chance!!! Jordi Alba whips the ball across the face of goal but needed contact fails to come


Lenget puts his body on the line again as Vinicius fires a shot


Ramos gets a yellow card for foul on Messi, and will miss the next match through suspension.


Vinicius flagged offside as he attempts to connect a pass from Modric


Dembele fires a shot but it weaves off target


Barcelona Sub Arturo Vidal comes in for Arthur


Vinicius with a shot but it is over the bar


Time ticking away .. still Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona


Real Madrid sub ; Isco comes in for Cassemrio


Asensio goes down in the box but referee waves off penalty


Barcelona sub: Philipe Couthino comes in for Dembele


Vidal with a handball and Real Madrid win a free kick


Yellow card: Real Madrid’s Asensio is booked for a late challenge on Busquets


Pique takes on Benzema as he forces the ball away for a corner kick


Fouls comitted: Real Madrid 13-11 Barcelona


Benzema with a shot… but straight into the hands of the Barcelona keeper


Another yellow card…Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal is the latest recipient


Three minutes added time


Lionel Messi tries a shot from the edge of the box. inches away from target


Final Whistle Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona


In barely 72 hours, Barcelona win two El Clasico games.. They are now 12 points ahead of Real Madrid on the log in La Ligs




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