Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other again in an exciting Spanish Clasico. This derby, which is one of the greatest clashes in the world of soccer, will take place this weekend in Round 30 of La Liga 2020/21.
If such a big game is exciting enough no matter the round nor the tournament, this one is even more special, as both sides are battling for the first place of the standings. While the leaders, Atlético de Madrid, started to fall apart in the last games, the two contenders to surpass them are going to meet in a potentially season-defining match.
The one who claims the win in this derby will be having a massive boost to keep on chasing the national trophy. The loser, on the other hand, would be left a bit behind in the title race. As the 'Merengues' and 'Cules' will be taking the pitch this Saturday, let's check out how both may line up.
Real Madrid's possible starting XI
The hosts have suffered huge blows in the defense, as Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal remain sidelined with injury, and Raphael Varane tested positive for Covid before the UCL game against Liverpool. That's why Zinedine Zidane will probably decide to face this clash with the same team that won against the English side recently:
Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Éder Militao, Nacho Fernández, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Barcelona's possible lineup
The 'Blaugranas' have also been dealing with the absence of a key player at the back. Gerard Piqué has been pushing for recovery in the last days to take part in El Clasico, but Ronald Koeman probably won't take a risk if the central-back is not completely fit.
Besides, a back-three formation has been working out for the Catalan team, who holds an impressive 19-game unbeaten record in La Liga. So, it's likely that the Dutch boss goes with this lineup for the derby:
Marc André Ter Stegen; Óscar Mingueza, Frenkie De Jong, Clement Lenglet; Sergiño Dest, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba; Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi; Ousmane Dembélé.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are only a few days away from taking the pitch of Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium in what will be a crucial Clasico for their title aspirations. Will one of these two claim the victory to continue chasing the top of the table? In their previous meeting this season, 'Los Blancos' beat the 'Cules' 3-1 at Camp Nou in the seventh round of the Spanish league.