MADRID (Sporting Alert) — As expected, the attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all start for Real Madrid in tonight’s second El Clasico of the season tonight against Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu.
The three players have combined to score 76 of Real Madrid’s 119 goals already this season and given their form currently, they are firm favourites to add to that tally.
Starting also are Pepe and Angel di Maria, as manager Carlo Ancelotti makes eight changes from the team that defeated Schalke, 2-1 in the Champions League in midweek.
Barcelona, meanwhile, make three changes from the side which beat Osasuna the last time out, as Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Neymar all coming in come into the starting XI for Marc Bartra, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro, who are all on the bench.
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Messi, Neymar.
Subs: Pinto, Pedro, Alexis, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Bartra and Song.
Real Madrid: Lopez, Pepe, Ramos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Alonso, Carvajal, Modric, Di Maria. Subs: Casillas, Varane, Coentrao, Nacho, Morata, Isco, Illarra.