Real Madrid – Barcelona

Real Madrid hosts Barcelona in the big El Classico of Spanish football at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.This game looks absolutely crucial for both teams, just a few rounds before the end of the season. Right now Real Madrid is leading the table with a 3 point advantage in front of Barca, but they also have a game in hand as well. The situation is simple – if Real Madrid wins, they will most surely clinch their first La Liga title since 2012. But if Barcelona manages to get back home with all of the points, they will make the last rounds of La Liga very interesting, resurrecting their chances to become a champion for the third time in a row.Both teams had tiring and tough fixtures in the Champions League during the week. Real Madrid eliminated Bayern Munich after extra time and reached the 1/2-finals, while Barca was again unable to score a goal against Juventus.Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane can’t rely on the Portuguese central defender Pepe, who is still injured. The good news comes from the recovery of another defender – Raphael Varane, who is now fit and ready to play. It’s still doubtful if the Welsh superstar Gareth Bale will be able to participate in the Classico.As for Barcelona, Los Cules’ manager Luis Enrique can’t use his Brazilian star Neymar, who is suspended for the clash. Rafinha and Aleix Vidal are also missing the game because of injuries.When the two teams met for a first time this season at the Camp Nou, the game ended with a 1-1 draw after a late equalizer by Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos.This is a very crucial game for the ending of La Liga this season. Winning is very important for both teams, so we should expect a really thrilling and exciting match at the Bernabeu.