Real Madrid are favourites for the 1º st leg as they come into this match better prepared with a prefect pre-season ( 7 victories in 7 games ) & players in top form. While FC Barcelona are less prepared, with players under the injury "cloud" & with some players recently incorporating themselves from their break. The Barcelona "tactic" is to go away tonight with as little damage as possible done - if at all Real Madrid can manage to do some damage - to shut things up definitely next week in the 2º leg return game at "Camp Nou". Or Barça may run over Madrid in the 1º st leg...
The starting line-up on the Real Madrid front is fairly clear with the only doubt for Coach Mourinho if he puts in Di Maria ahead of Coentrao. While the Barça line-up has more unknowns, especially in defence, & if new signing Aleixis Sanchez will be included from the initial kick-off.
Below Spanish Sports paper, Sport, has whipped up this interesting infograph with possible line-ups & other info. Note, that the line-ups are speculations & will not be 100% known & final until close to the kick-off
|courtesy of Sport.es /Marc Creus/Carles Javierre/BWOKKA|
Ladies & Gentleman, welcome back for another season of Spanish Football!