Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2022/23: Team news, predicted line-ups & kick off time
The biggest fixture on the football calendar takes place at the Bernabéu on Sunday, with Real Madrid welcoming their bitter rivals Barcelona for the first El Clasico of the season.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have both picked up 22 points after registering seven wins and one draw in eight games, with the Blaugrana topping the table due to goal difference.
Here’s everything you need to know about the clash.
Los Blancos have been dealt a huge blow, as Thibaut Courtois hasn’t recovered in time to face last season’s runners-up. Dani Ceballos is also still working on his recovery and hasn’t made the squad.
Despite the heavy blow he picked up against Shakhtar last time out, Antonio Rüdiger has been deemed fit enough to make the squad.
As for Barcelona, Jules Kounde is expected to return to action after recovering from injury, but Andreas Christensen, Ronald Araujo, Memphis Depay and Hector Bellerin will all miss out.
📃 Squad list for Sunday’s match against Barcelona. Players NOT called up:
❌ Thibaut Courtois & Dani Ceballos. pic.twitter.com/UinRqjoHNV
— Real Madrid News (@onlyrmcfnews) October 15, 2022
Real Madrid (4-3-3):
Carvajal — Militao — Alaba — Mendy
Modric — Tchouaméni — Kroos
Valverde — Benzema — Vinicius
Kounde — Pique — Garcia — Balde
Pedri — Busquets — Gavi
Raphinha — Lewandowski — Dembele
Head-to-head results (Last Five Games)
Real Madrid: 4 Wins
Barcelona: 1 Win
Real Madrid host Barcelona on Sunday (16 October) at 16:15 CEST.