Barcelona have a chance to effectively end Real Madrid’s La Liga title defence this weekend as the two Clasico rivals face off at Camp Nou on March 19.
Xavi’s hosts head into the game with a nine-point lead over Los Blancos after 25 games played, and a home win could open up a decisive gap in the title race.
However, despite the pressure of needing to win in Catalonia, Carlo Ancelotti’s experienced side will be confident of keeping their title hopes alive ahead of the run-in.
Ancelotti’s charges eased past Liverpool in midweek to secure their place in the Champions League quarterfinals. That means their hopes of a treble are still alive — they face Barcelona again in a Copa del Rey semifinal second leg on April 5.
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid live stream, TV channel
Xavi’s young team have consistently cleared the barriers to the league title placed in their way in recent weeks with the Catalans winning three of their past five league matches by a 1-0 scoreline.
Real Madrid’s own domestic form has dropped off at a frustrating time for Ancelotti, with just one win in three La Liga outings, but they have emerged as winners from their previous two league visits to Camp Nou.
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UK: Saturday’s match between Barcelona and Real Madrid from Camp Nou will be broadcast in the United Kingdom by Viaplay Sports and LaLigaTV.
USA: La Liga matches all season long can be seen in the United States on ESPN+, and this match is no different. ESPN has decided to televise the match in Spanish on ESPN Deportes as well.
Canada: This Clasico match will be available in Canada exclusively on TSN+, which requires a premium subscription.
Australia: Australia’s sole broadcaster for La Liga is Optus Sport, who also recently signed a new deal to telecast the Premier League for the next six seasons until 2028.
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid lineups
Both coaches are boosted by an improving injury situation with key players returning to full fitness ahead of this all-important game.
Xavi’s decision to rotate his defence for the 1-0 Copa del Rey semifinal first-leg win proved to be a masterstroke and he is expected to stick with the same back four in this fixture.
Below are the projected starting lineups for both teams ahead of this key La Liga match at Camp Nou on March 19.
Barcelona starting 11
(4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) — Araujo, Kounde, Alonso, Balde — De Jong, Busquets, Gavi — Raphinha, Lewandowski, Torres
- Injured: Dembele, Pedri
- Suspended: None
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski came through the 1-0 win over Athletic Club with no issues and will lead the hosts attack. Pedri will reportedly be fit enough to make the squad, but it seems likely he will start on the bench, with Gavi coming in in place of Franck Kessie.
Real Madrid starting 11
(4-3-3): Courtois (GK) — Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho — Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos — Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
- Injured: Alaba
- Suspended: None
Ancelotti is aiming to strike a delicate balance within his veteran squad, with game time for Karim Benzema and Luka Modric closely examined by the Italian, but the duo are expected to start and be rested after the international break.
In-form Nacho is expected to keep his place ahead of Ferland Mendy, who was fit enough to return to the bench against Liverpool.