La Liga Preview: Real Madrid-Barcelona
The Catalan giant will be itching for payback at Santiago Bernabeu after getting dismantled by Jose Mourinho's side in Tuesday's cup semifinal second leg at Camp Nou.
Real Madrid: Lopez, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Essien, Modric, Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo, Benzema
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Villa
Real Madrid is set to make several changes for Saturday's Clasico against Barcelona to conserve energy for the midweek Champions League trip to Manchester United. Marcelo, Luka Modric, Kaka and Karim Benzema could all feature after missing out in the 3-1 Copa del Rey win at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Defender Sergio Ramos returns after serving a one-match ban, but winger Angel Di Maria is ineligible after his red card against Deportivo La Coruna.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is expected to start despite missing training with a fever on Wednesday. Defender Adriano (hamstring) is available while midfielder Alex Song (knee) is a minor doubt.
Head to Head
Barcelona 1 - 3 Real Madrid - Copa del Rey (ESPC) Feb 26, 2013
Real Madrid 1 - 1 Barcelona - Copa del Rey (ESPC) Jan 30, 2013
Barcelona 2 - 2 Real Madrid - La Liga (LIGA) Oct 7, 2012
Real Madrid 2 - 1 Barcelona - Spanish Supercup (ESPS) Aug 29, 2012
Barcelona 3 - 2 Real Madrid - Spanish Supercup (ESPS) Aug 23, 2012