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Old 30th-January-2013, 06:16 PM
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Clash of the Titans

The capital club's recent revival will be put to the test when they host the runaway Liga leaders in a much-awaited Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu


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REAL MADRID

Adan
Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo
Benzema
BARCELONA

Pinto
Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta


Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has a number of selection problems heading into Wednesday's Clasico showdown against Barcelona.

Iker Casillas and Pepe are out, meaning Antonio Adan and new signing Diego Lopez battle it out in goal, while Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria all serve suspensions.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start despite hurting his ankle in Sunday's 4-0 win over Getafe.

Gerard Pique returns from suspension for Barcelona, who have a fully-fit squad at their disposal.

Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas are all likely to be recalled to the starting XI after they were rested for the weekend victory over Osasuna.

Real Madrid are on a 31-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions (W26, D5)

Barcelona have won eight of their last nine away matches across all competitions

On current situation, Real look slightly less favourite on paper as they are facing many problems both injury wise and also internally. Barca on the other hand looks imperious this season bar the recent defeat in the league game recently.

With Madrid playing at home, the crowd will be acting as their 12th man and hopefully this will be enough to inspire their team to get their act together and draw first blood against the eternal enemy.

A victory will surely be needed considering that they will have to travel back to the nou camp for the return leg and they do not have a good record there in recent times.
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