El Clasico provides a nice alternative to the usual domestic action on our tellys tonight as Real Madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final live on BT Sport.
The sides enjoyed mixed fortunes in England last week where Real Madrid trounced Liverpool to take a 5-2 lead into their Champions League return leg, while Barcelona exited the Europa League thanks to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Things went from bad to worse for Barca who suffered their second defeat in the league at 15th placed Almeria on Sunday after Real dropped two points in the Madrid derby a day earlier.
That left Barca seven points clear of their great rivals in La Liga but tonight's match comes at a difficult time for Xavi's men who haven't enjoyed the greatest of weeks and have some injuries to contend with.
Top scorer Robert Lewandowski is ruled out with a hamstring injury. The Polish striker's form has dipped since the new year but that's not to say he won't be a big loss in leading the line. Barca are also without Pedri and Dembele so there's plenty of holes in Xavi's squads for the trip to Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti's men were irresistible at Anfield last week after an early scare and with the return leg in this one not for another month they'll want to take advantage of Barca's predicament to establish another first-leg advantage.
They'll also need to reverse a trend of wins for Barca at the Bernabeu but there's no better opportunity than to do it tonight.
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