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  • March 2, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
  • • Attendance: 83500
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid-Barcelona

The Catalan giant will be itching for payback at Santiago Bernabeu after getting dismantled by Jose Mourinho's side in Tuesday's cup semifinal second leg at Camp Nou.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Lopez
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Essien, Modric
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
Benzema
BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa


Real Madrid is 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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid has won 10 of its last 11 home matches in La Liga and is unbeaten in its 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 has netted 101 goals in 42 matches across all competitions this season (2.4 goals per game).
  • Barcelona has won just three of its 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.

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Available Squads
13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
8KakáMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
29MorataStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
21AdrianoDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
37TelloStriker

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