Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Copa del Rey): Possible starting XI, head-to-head, preview

Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Copa del Rey): Possible starting XI, head-to-head, preview

- Real Madrid vs Barcelona will battle it out each for a place in the Copa del Rey final

- Real take a one away goal advantage from the first leg after it ended 1-1 at Nou Camp

- Barca are looking to make it through to the sixth consecutive final in the competition

Real Madrid vs Barcelona will headline Europe's top game in midweek as both sides will slug it for who will make it into the Copa del Rey final in the second leg fixture at the Bernabeu.

The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw and Ernesto Valverde's side will have to score at the home ground of their bitter rivals to stand a chance of reaching their sixth consecutive final with the away goal in use.

Real had a narrow 2-1 win over Levante at the weekend with two penalty goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

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On the other hand, Barca in emphatic fashion came from behind twice to defeat Sevilla 4-2 with Lionel Messi scoring his 50th career hat-trick.

Barcelona will be without midfielder Arthur and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen but Samuel Umtiti is fully fit and back into the fold after recovering from three months of knee problems.

Isco is nursing a back problem and Gareth Bale who refused to celebrate his goal against Levente will be pushing for start against the Catalans.

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La Blaugrana have won the past four finals, the joint best run in the competition's history alongside Real Madrid (1905-1908) and Athletic Bilbao (1930-1933).

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Possible line ups

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, Messi

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