Today marks exactly the 20th round of El Clásico since 11 years ago, a branch of the La Liga Santander when Real Madrid meets Barcelona or the vice versa, and for what its worth, today's encounter may not be decisive for the title race given the points (15) gap between the two sides but what can be decisive about is history.
And on the quest of such memory, here are updates on team news and lineup which is scheduled to take place at 8:00 PM GMT.
Hosting Barca at Santiago Bernabeu, the 'Los Blancos' are very confident of achieving victory today against their arch-rival as they set to celebrate its 120th anniversary in grand style. Leading the league table by 10-points in a gap, extending their 9th unbeaten record is all the aim but the club's major concern ahead of this is trip is the unavailability of Karim Benzema who got injured in their win over Mallorca a few days ago.
But Carlos Ancelotti have enough players to cover and is likely to name this squad:
Per their previous matches, Real Madrid's lineup has been the same, and the only change will be Mariano Diaz stepping in for Karim Benzema.
Belgium stopper Thibaut Courtois is once again in the sticks of the goal post and being covered by Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Nacho Fernandez.
The second of the pitch will see Toni Kroos partnering with Casemiro and Luka Modric.
Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Vinicius Junior will lead the attacking force.
The appointment of Xavi Hernandez have been a quite success for Barcelona having kept a record of thirteen wins and seven draws out of 24-outings so far this season and an opportunity to try once again in the UEFA Champions League next season after a painful exit this season. Heading into this fixture, Barca Boss Xavi have a record to save by not being the third coach to record a loss in two competitive games against Madrid.
German stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen once again will guide the goal post. Jordi Alba and Dani Alves covering the fullbacks leaving Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo at the center back.
Pedri, Sergio Busquets, and Frenkie De Jong will be positioned in midfield whilst Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Ousmane Dembele lead the third half.
Prior to this encounter, Real Madrid held an unbeaten record of five against Barca with only one outing have resulted in two goals.
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