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Starting XI: Real v Barca

El Clasico Starting XI: Real Madrid v FC Barcelona 23 December 2017

By SL International - Dec 23, 2017 12:52 PM

Spanish La Liga

Teams: Real Madrid v Barcelona

Venue: Santiago Bernabéu

Date: 23 December 2017

The two dominant teams in European club football over the last decade will resume their bitter rivalry on Saturday as Real Madrid host FC Barcelona at the Bernabéu.

Read: PSG Coach Makes El Clasico Prediction

The match is scheduled to get underway at 14h00.

Los Blancos hammered the Catalans 5-1 on aggregate in August’s Spanish Super Cup, but the tables have turned since then. 

Barcelona lead La Liga by six points, while Real Madrid languish 11 behind Ernesto Valverde’s side with a game in hand.

Lionel Messi has led the way for the Blaugrana, netting 14 times in 16 La Liga appearances. By contrast, Cristiano Ronaldo has struggled this season and has only scored four goals in 11 league games.

However, Ronaldo netted the winner as Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 in last weekend.

The Catalan giants will be without club-record signing Ousmane Dembele, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in the line up despite missing training earlier in the week.

Soccer Laduma’s Rossella Ricco-Marrai is attending this year’s El Clasico thanks to La Liga’s offices in Johannesburg. Follow her daily dairy in Fan Park and our social channels.

Here's how they line up:

Real: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Kovacic; Ronaldo, Benzema.

Barca: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho, Iniesta; Luis Suárez, Messi.


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Terah M Dec 23, 2017 11:45 PM
As long as Barca won I'm fine and enjoying the fine for me of the team.
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lulikho Dec 23, 2017 02:54 PM
Madrid all over Barca...But Barcow dont need this 3 points maara. They alread have La liga.
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Tque Dec 23, 2017 02:48 PM
Boring game, we watched a thriller between Arsena n Liverpool lastnight , what we Seeing here is madiocrity of the highest order.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Dec 23, 2017 02:36 PM
Cowdrid is cuming left and ryt they want this three points
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kdowns Dec 23, 2017 02:31 PM
By the way who cares?
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kdowns Dec 23, 2017 02:29 PM
I smell a draw
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Dec 23, 2017 02:22 PM
ezy game for barca
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Flipping lyf Dec 23, 2017 02:18 PM
Go cr7 go brace it be enough for me king ur my best player ever play football in the world
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vmmaholo@gmail.com Dec 23, 2017 02:00 PM
TWO PREVIOUS H2H WE BEAT THEM
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blackmeteor Dec 23, 2017 01:58 PM
Barca 3-1
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kg_4_khosi Dec 23, 2017 01:54 PM
This might be a tight elclassico in years,with all the teams employing a 442 formation
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Boutrous gally Dec 23, 2017 01:46 PM
BARCELONA 5 COWDRID 0 NO PENALTY FOR PENALDO TODAY
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wash & wear Dec 23, 2017 01:36 PM
Easy win for madrid
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CCTV Dec 23, 2017 01:34 PM
Not today Barca, We're more hungrier than ever before
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MADRIDSTA I BEALIVE
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Go barca go
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viscaaa el lapulga
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Bank Balance Dec 23, 2017 01:18 PM
Varane,Ramos,carva will keep messi at bay RonaLdo,Kross,Modric will kill barca. RealMadric goT the upper hand here! Just look at the starting line up
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dankie barca
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