Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Predicting the 2 Starting Lineups for El Clasico

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIApril 19, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Barcelona and Real Madrid face each other this weekend in an extremely important Clasico showdown.

The game is at 2 p.m. ET this Saturday and will have a major say in who wins the Spanish title.

Both teams are coming off Champions League semifinal losses away from home to Chelsea and Bayern Munich respectively. They are still likely to be the favourites as they are both dominant at home.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will have to put out their best possible teams for this game while keeping an eye on the second-legs of their respective semifinals.

Barcelona

The loss to Chelsea will sting the Blaugrana after they were completely dominated the game. They will likely line up in the usual 4-3-3 with no changes from the Chelsea game.

Formation: 4-3-3

Lineup: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano; Busquets, Fabregas, Xavi; Sanchez, Messi, Iniesta

Guardiola used Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez to good effect the last time these two met in the league, and he will hope they can replicate their performances this time around.

Both players got a little rest in the Chelsea game as they were replaced with at least 15 minutes left, but there will be question marks over the fitness of both Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Xavi was subbed with only three minutes remaining and Iniesta played the whole game.

It is possible that one of the two will not start, but it would be a surprise if that did happen.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid got an away goal in the Allianz Arena, and the team has a very straightforward task to get to the final. They may go to the Nou Camp playing for a tie, which is their best bet considering the circumstances.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Lineup: Casilles; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe; Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo; Benzema

This team only has one change from the one that faced Bayern Munich, and it's very possible that change may not even happen. Madrid have had one more day of rest before this game, which may give them a little edge.

They also have a similar amount of rest before the second leg of their semifinal. Jose Mourinho has thrown a lot of things at Barcelona during his time in Madrid but still has not come up with a win.

He may ask his side to be conservative, keeping things tight and trying to take what chances come their way. They will not try and take the game to Barcelona.

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