El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona - Preview

Updated: Mar 02, 2013, 12:56 PM IST

Madrid: Real Madrid are set to make several changes for Saturday`s Clasico against Barcelona to conserve energy for the midweek Champions League trip to Manchester United.


Marcelo, Luka Modric, Kaka and Karim Benzema could all feature after missing out in the 3-1 Copa del Rey win at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Defender Sergio Ramos returns after serving a one-match ban, but winger Angel Di Maria is ineligible after his red card against Deportivo La Coruna.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is expected to start despite missing training with a fever on Wednesday.

Defender Adriano (hamstring) is available while midfielder Alex Song (knee) is a minor doubt.


• Real Madrid have won 10 of their last 11 home matches in La Liga and are unbeaten in their last 24.

• Los Blancos` 3-1 win over Barcelona on Tuesday was their biggest victory at Camp Nou since a 5-1 success in January 1963.

• Madrid have netted 101 goals in 42 matches across all competitions this season (2.4 goals per game).

• Barcelona have won just three of their last seven matches in all competitions (W3, D2, L2).

• The Blaugrana have recorded only one victory in their last seven encounters against Madrid (W1, D3, L3).

• Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored in a record 15 successive Liga matches.