The capital club's recent revival will be put to the test when it hosts the runaway Liga leader in a much-awaited Copa del Rey semifinal first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Marcelo
Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo
Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has a number of selection problems heading into Wednesday's Clasico showdown against Barcelona.
Iker Casillas (broken hand) and Pepe (ankle) are out, meaning Antonio Adan and new signing Diego Lopez battle it out in goal. Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria all serve suspensions.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start despite hurting his ankle in Sunday's 4-0 win over Getafe.
Gerard Pique returns from suspension for Barcelona, which has a fully-fit squad at its disposal.
Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas are all likely to be recalled to the starting XI after they were rested for the weekend victory over Osasuna.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid is on a 31-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions (W26, D5).
- The Castilian side has won just one of its last eight home encounters against Barcelona (W1, D2, L5).
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) scored his 100th goal at the Bernabeu in the win over Getafe to take his overall tally for Real to 179 in 176 matches.
- Barcelona has won eight of its last nine away matches across all competitions.
- The Blaugrana ran out 4-3 aggregate winners in last season's Copa del Rey semifinal against Los Blancos.
- Pedro is in line to make his 200th appearance for Barca.