Famous rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to square off at Camp Nou in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday night.
Aiming to lift the trophy for the fifth season in succession, the hosts, having already seen off Cultural Leonesa and Levante, produced an epic comeback against Sevilla to book their place in the last four.
Trailing 2-0 from the initial meeting in Andalusia, Ernesto Valverde’s side produced a sparkling second-leg display and cruised to a 6-1 victory thanks to a Philippe Coutinho brace and further efforts from Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Real Madrid, who currently sit third and eight points behind Barcelona in LaLiga, have not won the competition since 2014 and thrashed third-division minnows Melilla in the last 32.
They later brushed aside Leganes before a comfortable two-legged defeat of Girona to set up an El Clasico clash in the Copa del Rey semis.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News
Barcelona and Real Madrid set aside their domestic duties as another Clasico awaits in the form of the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
With La Blaugrana hosting Los Blancos at Camp Nou in the first of the two-legged showdown.
Wednesday’s match will pit the competition’s most successful club Barcelona (30 titles) against the third most successful, Real Madrid (19).
Ernesto Valverde’s side head into the fixture looking to bounce back from a 2-2 draw at home Valencia in La Liga, while Real swept aside Alaves with a 3-0 victory on Sunday.
Barcelona is sweating on the fitness of Lionel Messi ahead of Wednesday’s giant clash after the Argentinian appeared to pick up a knock during the second half of his side’s 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday.
Team news and predicted line-ups
Lionel Messi is a doubt for this fixture after sustaining an injury during the 2-2 La Liga draw with Valencia on Saturday.
The Argentine netted twice as Barcelona came from two goals down to claim a point but required treatment on the sidelines after appearing to sustain a thigh issue.
Messi missed training on Monday and his manager will be wary of other important upcoming fixtures against the likes of Lyon.
Ousmane Dembele could return to cover Messi in the event he did miss out, but regular Copa Del Rey goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has a torn calf muscle. Samuel Umtiti has not played since November due to a knee injury.
Real Madrid, by contrast, has a relatively clean bill of health at present, with only Jesus Vallejo and Luca Zidane (both hamstring) absent.
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen,Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur, Suarez, Dembele, Coutinho
Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius
Score prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s crushing 5-1 loss on their last visit to the Camp Nou was a fifth in six matches and curtailed the dismal, shortlived reign of Julen Lopetegui after just four and a half months.
TV channel and live stream online coverage
Eleven Sports have secured exclusive rights to La Liga coverage in the UK this season, but not the Copa Del Rey, meaning the game will not be screened live on these shores.
However, you can follow the action on our LIVE blog with our Spanish correspondent Ben Hayward.
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Head to head record and history (h2h)
Barcelona and Real Madrid have played each other on 272 previous occasions across all competitions, with Barcelona leading the way with 113 victories compared to Real’s 99. There have been 60 draws.