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Barcelona vs Real Madrid, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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The champions face the last big hurdle on their road to immortality

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FC Barcelona (CHAMPIONS) vs Real Madrid (not champions lol)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 36

Barcelona team news: Andrés Iniesta (calf, probable)

Real Madrid team news: Dani Carvajal (hamstring, out), Isco, Raphaël Varane (fitness, doubtful)

Date/Time: Sunday, May 6th, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Main Event (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN (India), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


After winning La Liga last week, Barcelona have one final job to do this season: try and become the first team in the history of Spanish football to go an entire league season without a loss. Ernesto Valverde may not please many, but everyone will be forced to give him and his team credit if they become the first ever La Liga Invicibles.

But there is one problem: Real Madrid. The dethroned champions come to Camp Nou on Sunday and their only goal is to stop Barça from reaching immortality. They don’t care if they lose 3-0 again like we saw in the first game of the season, they just want to win and will use all means necessary to do so. This is the final big test for the league champions, and they’ll be just three games away from history if they pass it.

This should be a sick El Clásico. It doesn’t mean much, so it’ll be crazy fun. Regardless of the result, entertainment is promised.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Real Madrid (4-3-1-2): Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema


PREDICTION

It’s impossible not to see a lot of goals in this one, but I trust Barça’s defense a lot more than Madrid’s: 4-2 to the champions.