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Barcelona vs Real Madrid team news: Bale back for Clasico as Messi & Ronaldo lock horns

20:42 GMT+3 06/05/2018
Gareth Bale Real Madrid 18042018
The newly-crowned La Liga champions will be looking to preserve their unbeaten record when they play host to their fiercest rivals at Camp Nou

Gareth Bale has been brought back into the Real Madrid starting XI for their Clasico clash with La Liga champions Barcelona at Camp Nou.

The Wales international forward has been overlooked for key fixtures in recent weeks, with Zinedine Zidane favouring other options.

Bale has, however, returned to the fold in Catalunya, as Real seek to put a dent in Barca’s title triumph.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have already wrapped up a domestic double and are hoping to see out the Spanish top-flight campaign unbeaten.

Records have tumbled to this point, but there are still four games to come.

Barca have put their faith in their tried and tested for a meeting with Madrid, with Messi leading the line alongside Luis Suarez.

Andres Iniesta, meanwhile, will be gracing a Clasico for the final time as he prepares to move on this summer.

Elsewhere for Real, Casemiro is also recalled by Zidane after being benched for a midweek Champions League semi-final clash with Bayern Munich.

The Blancos enter the game sat third in La Liga, but could close to within a point of cross-city rivals Atletico in the runner-up race with victory over Barca.

Barcelona team: Ter-Stegen, Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Coutinho, Messi, L. Suarez.

Subs: Semedo, D. Suarez, Dembele, Cillessen, Paulinho, Alcacer, Vermaelen.

Real Madrid team: Navas, Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Cristiano , Benzema.

Subs: Casilla, Vallejo, Theo, Lucas Vazquez, Asensio, Kovacic, Ceballos.