Is Real Madrid vs Barcelona on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch El Clasico

Jamie Braidwood
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Real Madrid face fierce rivals Barcelona in El Clasico tonight in a match that could help decide one of the closest title races for years in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid have led the league for much of the season but their results have slipped since the turn of the year, with Madrid and Barcelona now set to battle it out for the title over the run-in.

Barcelona have won their last six in the league under Ronald Koeman and would move above Atletico with a win, while Madrid are two points further back in third place.

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Zinedine Zidane’s side won the first Clasico of the season 3-1 at the Nou Camp back in October and are the defending champions in Spain, while Lionel Messi could be featuring in his final Clasico with his future at Barcelona uncertain ahead of the summer.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the match.

What time is it on?

The match kicks off at 8:00 pm GMT on Saturday 10 April.

How can I watch?

The match will be broadcast live on LaLigaTV and Premier Sports in the UK. Sky and Virgin customers can sign up for both Premier Sport channels and LaLigaTV for £9.99 a month, while Sky subscribers can get LaLigaTV on its own for £5.99 a month. Alternatively, online viewers can purchase a pass for the Premier Sports Player for £5.99 a month.

What is the team news?

Real Madrid are without captain Sergio Ramos due to injury and Raphael Varane following the Frenchman’s positive Covid-19 test. Eder Militao and Nacho started and impressed in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday and the makeshift centre back pair will be expected to start El Clasico. Dani Carvajal and Eden Hazard also remain unavailable for the hosts.

Barcelona also have fitness problems in defence and are expected to be without Gerard Pique. Oscar Mingueza is set to continue to deputise for the Spaniard alongside Clement Lenglet. Ansu Fati remains out for the visitors while Philippe Coutinho is out for the season.

Confirmed line-ups

Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Aruajo, Lenglet; Dest, Busquets, Pedri, De Jong, Jordi Alba; Messi, Dembélé

Odds

Real Madrid: 9/5

Draw: 14/5

Barcelona: 13/10

Prediction

While Barcelona’s recent form has been impressive, Real Madrid remain the team for the big occasion and find a way to win at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

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