Real Madrid host Barcelona in the first of two Clasicos taking place this week.
Spain’s arch-rivals meet in the second leg of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday with the tie poised at 1-1 following a draw at the Nou Camp at the start of February.
Barcelona crushed Los Blancos on their own turf back in September with a 5-1 La Liga defeat in Catalonia costing Julen Lopetegui his job.
Real were a much improved unit in this tie’s first leg a few weeks ago however with Lucas Vazquez giving them the lead before Malcom hit back with an equaliser.
In front of their own supporters, Real will now be looking to end Barcelona’s dominance of this competition which stretches back to 2015.S
Real Madrid followed up that 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp with a huge derby victory over Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.
A 2-1 defeat at home to Girona and a very unconvincing win away to Levante on Sunday have hardly been ideal preparation, however.
After an underwhelming February that saw Barcelona pick up just one win in five – that sole win a narrow one at home to Valladolid – Ernesto Valverde’s side ended the month in style against Sevilla on Saturday with Lionel Messi hitting the peaks that will once again make him the most dangerous man on the pitch on Wednesday.
Barcelona team news
Barcelona will be without midfielder Arthur for the second leg clash with Copa goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen also unavailable as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
Samuel Umtiti is back and 100 percent fit, according to his manager, after over three months out with a knee injury.
Real Madrid team news
Los Blancos were without their skipper Sergio Ramos on Sunday as he served a one-match suspension but the Spaniard is certain to return to the starting XI midweek.
Isco, now a peripheral figure under Santiago Solari, remains unavailable due to a back issue.
Real Madrid XI: Navas; Reguilon, Varane, Ramos, Carvajal; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema, Lucas
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo; Busquets, Rakitic, Alena; Dembele, Suarez, MessiT
Barcelona vs Real Madrid live stream online coverage
UK based fans have been unable to watch the previous rounds of the competition, but streaming service Eleven Sports have acquired the rights to broadcast this, and the rest of the remaining Copa del Rey matches
Matches can be viewed either on an app (Android or iOS) or via the Eleven Sports although fans will need to sync their telephones, tablets or computers to a television in order to watch games on TV.
Eleven Sports will also be showing the Spanish giants’ league clash on March 2, which means it is offering three El Clasicos at £5.99 a month now, with that price dropping to £4.99 on March 1.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have played each other on 273 previous occasions across all competitions, with Barcelona leading the way with 113 victories compared to Real’s 99. There have been 61 draws.