Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Complete La Liga Preview, Team News, Projected Lineup

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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Complete La Liga Preview, Team News, Projected Lineup
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There will be plenty of pride at stake when Real Madrid hosts Barcelona this Saturday in La Liga.

This season's Clasicos haven't been as fiery as past seasons, but the football on display has been fun to watch.

Madrid knocked Barcelona out of the Copa Del Rey on Tuesday after hammering the Blaugrana 3-1 at the Camp Nou.

Things in the league are very different.

Barcelona holds a 12-point lead over second place Atletico Madrid and a 16-point lead over Real Madrid.

With 13 games left to go, the title is Barcelona's to lose.

 

Real Madrid Team News

Real Madrid are still without Iker Casillas, but have fared pretty well without their captain as Diego Lopez stands in.

Madrid has won three games in a row in La Liga and four of their last five. Manchester United held them to a draw in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

It was virtually a full-strength side that defeated Barcelona on Tuesday and the same can be expected when the teams play on Saturday.

 

Real Madrid Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1)

Diego Lopez; Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao; Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Jose Callejon, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema

 

Barcelona Team News

Barcelona hasn't been the same team of late with individuals under-performing and the team as a whole failing to show up for games.

The Blaugrana have three wins and two losses in their last five games.

Barcelona was also at full strength aside from missing Adriano through injury on Tuesday. One or two changes may be on the cards for a lineup that has failed to inspire in its last few games. 

 

Barcelona Projected Lineup(4-3-3)

Victor Valdes; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta; Lionel Messi, David Villa, Pedro

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