Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results

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La Liga leaders Real Madrid welcome a resurgent Barcelona to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening.

Xavi Hernandez has already overseen an impressive rebuild of the side Ronald Koeman left in utter disarray earlier this season but tasted defeat in his first El Clasico of his managerial career.

Carlo Ancelotti is currently on course to become the first manager to win all five of the top European leagues and a win over Madrid’s great rivals would all-but end the title race. Sevilla are currently ten points behind and a victory against a Barca side in brilliant form would be quite the statement.

Barca, however, could still feasibly finish second this season, which would be quite the achievement given the relatively low base from which Xavi started.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

Date, kick-off time and venue

The La Liga is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Sunday March 20, 2022.

The Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid will host.

Where to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and La Liga TV.

Live stream: Premier Sports subscribers will be able to watch it through the Premier Player App.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona team news

Madrid have a decision to make over Karim Benzema.

The influential striker has been suffering with a calf problem. In his place, there is a chance either Isco (as a false-nine) or Mariano Diaz come into the starting lineup.

Ferland Mendy is out, meaning Nacho could start at left-back.

For Barca, there is little in the way of fresh injury concerns. Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti are long-term absentees.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona prediction

This is a much better Barca side to the won who lost what was an effective friendly in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

Still, Madrid are so well-schooled in playing big games, a draw seems reasonable.

1-1 draw.

Head to head (h2) history and results

Real Madrid wins: 100

Draws: 52

Barcelona wins: 96

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