Take a look at the form and team news from Madrid and Barcelona:
Real Madrid are in cruise control at the moment, and with 5 straight wins in all competitions, they have every right to be. Ancelotti’s men are 10 points ahead of 2nd-placed Sevilla at the summit of La Liga and are playing their best football at the moment.
With 20 wins, 6bdraws, and 2 losses, Real have managed 66 points out of a possible 84, scoring 59 goals and conceding 21. Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Luka Modric, and several Real Madrid regulars are in great form presently, giving the team confidence in games. Benzema and Vini Jnr have 36 goals between them in the league, and 17 assists, in what has been a marquee season for both forwards.
For their team news, Real Madrid may not be able to call upon the services of Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy, who are doubts to feature at the Bernabèu against Barcelona.
Barcelona’s revival under Xavi is remarkable by all standards. After suffering a disgraceful Champions League exit, the Blaugrana have picked up form and have been further boosted by their January signings in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, and Adama Traore. They have not lost a game in the league since December, winning 8 and drawing 4 of those 12 games.
They have risen to 3rd position, 4 points behind Sevilla, and 15 points behind Real Madrid, having played a game less. The Blaugrana continue to improve, making their encounter with Madrid even more interesting. With 4 straight wins in the league, they have an identical record as Real in their last 5 games. Memphis Depay remains their top scorer with 10 goals and 2 assists.
For suspensions and player availability, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Alex Balde, Ez Abde will miss the El Clásico, with Ansu Fati a doubt to return early enough from injury.