New Delhi: Well, for the football fans, its a blockbuster Sunday night as two Spanish heavyweights – Real Madrid and Barcelona – gear up to face the season's final Clasico match at Santiago Bernabeu on April 24.
Coming off from a humiliating UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus, and failing to rewrite their comeback yet again despite homeground advantage, Barcelona will head into the game with slight lower confidence. Adding on to their concern, Barca will be without one part of the famed trio of MSN (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar). The Brazilian is serving three-match suspension. Above that, Javier Mascherano would also give this Clasico a miss due to injury, for which the young defensive line have much to keep at check.
On the other hand, Real Madrid is brewing with confidence after hammering mighty Bayern Munich at their own arena. And in their home league, with three points clear at the top and also with a game in hand, Los Blancos will be aiming to maintain their grip in the league. And with Gareth Bale making a return, the all Whites are definitely at a much better position when they head into the match.
A win for Real will give them the clear edge into the title race, however a loss at home would mean that the race would be anybody's game then. A draw too would put pressure on Real as Barca would close in on the gap and wait for the leaders to falter.
Here is everything you need to know about the El Clasico...
Real Madrid: Karim Benzema, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos (c), Marcelo, Nacho Fernadez, Carvajal, Keylor Navas (gk)
Barcelona: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Arda Turan, Andres Iniesta (c), Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Umtiti, Sergio Roberto, Jordi Alba, Pique, Ter Stegen (gk)
Time: 12:15 am IST (Coverage starts at 11:30 pm IST on April 23)
Date: April 24
TV Channel: Ten 1, Sony Six
Live streaming: Sony Liv
Venue: Estadio Santigo Bernabeu, Madrid