Although they have a 10-point lead over Real Madrid coming into this game, Barcelona faithful will tell you that this fixture still has a huge importance for them. In addition to all but cementing their 24th LA LIGA title, a win in this fixture for the home side would be a fitting tribute to the Late Johan Cruyff.
Luis Enrique might face a selection dilemma against Real Madrid on Saturday. With no one denying the importance of this game, Barcelona have an all-important game in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid during the next week.
However, looking at the importance of this fixture, it seems unthinkable that Enrique will risk the wrath of the Barcelona faithful by playing an emaciated team. Thus, the trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar are expected to feature in this game.
Jordi Alba is facing an ankle problem however, he should return given the fact that he had the luxury of International break to recuperate from his injury. One player that won’t feature for Barcelona is the 32-year-old Jeremy Mathieu. The Frenchman got himself injured on International duty and won’t be available for selection.
Here is how Barcelona could lineup against Real Madrid in the El-Classico …
Bravo – Alba – Pique – Mascherano – Alves – Iniesta – Busquets – Rakitic – Neymar – Suarez – Messi
Via – Lineup Builder