Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Possible starting XI, head-to-head, preview

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Possible starting XI, head-to-head, preview

- Barcelona vs Real Madrid will be played at the Nou Camp as Lionel Messi returns

- Both sides will be playing the second El Clasico of the season in the Copa del Rey semis

- The rivals defeated Sevilla snd Girona respectively enroute to the Spanish Cup last four

Barcelona vs Real Madrid promises to be an explosive match as usual as both teams will be playing their second El Clasico of the 2018/19 season in the first leg semi finals of the Copa del Rey.

Barca qualified for the last four at the expense of Sevilla in a thrilling encounter over two legs as Ernesto Valverde's side overturned a 2-0 deficit in the first leg to win 6-1 at the Camp Nou.

The encounter saw Phillippe Coutinho score a brace, while Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi added their names to the scoresheet to complete the 6-3 aggregate win.

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On the other hand, Real Madrid were comfortable 7-3 winners over two legs against Girona in their quarter final game.

La Blaugrana's talisman Messi has returned to training ahead of the much anticipated match following a thigh injury sustained in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in La Liga.

Though Messi missed the first El Clasico in Madrid during the first half of the La Liga season but it did not cause any problem as Julen Lopetegui's side were swept away by 5-1 with Suarez scoring a hat-trick.

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All players nursing injuries are back for Madrid except Jesus Vallejo and Santiago Solari side has been on a streak of impressive performances taking Real to third position from the initial ninth.

The first leg of the encounter will be taking place at Nou Camp while the second will be holding at the Santiago Bernabeu in two weeks time.

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Match: Barcelona vs Real Madrid (Copa del Rey semi final first leg)

Venue: Nou Camp

Time: 9pm GMT ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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