Game Of The Weekend: Real Madrid Vs Barcelona (Bernabeu, 7:45)

Dani Carvajal is back from a league ban to start at right-back for the home side in their biggest game of the season so far. Pepe and Raphael Varane are still both out with injury problems, meaning that Nacho gets yet another test at centre-back. Gareth Bale missed out on Champions League duty due to injury, but the Welshman should be fit enough to start on the right-hand side on Sunday.
Barcelona have got some troubles, as well. Neymar is serving the second of his two-match La Liga suspension this weekend, ruling him out of the action. Jordi Alba may start out on the left-hand side as a result, though Luis Enrique does also have Paco Alcacer available if he wishes to persist with a front three and Arda Turan has been struggling with injury problems and is unlikely to feature from the off, with Denis Suarez a more likely presence to have on the wing.
Real Madrid will be high on confidence after progressing into the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday due to a 4-2 home win against Bayern Munich. Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick against Die Roten, with Atletico Madrid the last team to pick up a win at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu all the way back in February 2016.
So far, Barcelona have failed to win in three of their last four competitive matches, but know that they can’t afford to lose against Real Madrid if they want to keep their title aspirations alive.

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