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El Clasico

Starting XI: Barca vs Real

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid's battle for supremacy continues tonight. when the two giants of Spanish football meet in the first El Clasico of the season. Here is how the two sides will line up!

Click through the gallery above to see Barca's starting XI against Real Madrid:

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Teams: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Date: 18 December 2019

Venue: Camp Nou

Time: 21:00

Barca and Real will go head to head in a politically charged derby this evening when they meet at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. The match, which was rescheduled from its original date in October, was once again under threat amid ongoing protests in Catalonia but is anticipated to proceed on time.

On the pitch, the Blaugrana are unbeaten against Los Blancos in their past six meetings across all competitions, with Real's last win in the Clasico coming back in the Spanish Super Cup in August 2017. 

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The two sides are currently separated at the top of the LaLiga standings by goal difference only, with Barca narrowly pipping Real for the lead, while both teams are four points ahead of third-placed Sevilla, who have played one match more. 

Real boss Zinedine Zidane will be without no fewer than five players for the showpiece clash, with Eden Hazard, Marcelo, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez ruled out through injury, while Arthur and Ousmane Dembele miss out for Ernesto Valverde's Barca. 

Read: 10 Barca Wonderkids Who Didn't Live Up To Expectations

Here is how the two sides line up:

FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, De Jong; Messi, Luis Suárez, Griezmann.

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema.

Who do you think will triumph in tonight's Clasico? Share your thoughts by commenting in the section below.

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