A keenly-contested tie is on the cards tonight as La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona face-off in the 279th El Clasico at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Apart from the bragging rights, Saturday’s El Clasico is crucial for the title ambitions for both Real Madrid and Barcelona and a win gives either of these sides the chance to go top of the table with Atletico Madrid not playing until Sunday.

Atletico are on 66 points after 29 games while Barcelona are on 65 and Real Madrid are on 63 after the same number of games.

Going by what obtains on the log, third-placed Los Blancos would go level on points with Los Rojiblancos, but Zinedine Zidane’s side have the head-to-head advantage.

Earlier in the season, Real Madrid won the Clasico 3-1 at the Camp Nou, with Fede Valverde, Sergio Ramos, and Luka Modric all getting on the scoresheet. Ansu Fati scored Barcelona’s only goal.

While Real Madrid will be hoping to make it a double, Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates will be gunning for revenge with their recent impressive run.

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Kick-off is 8.00 pm

Zinedine Zidane starts Militao in central defence with Nacho.

Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior

Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet; Sergino Dest Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Jordi Alba; Lionel Messi, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele



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