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Clásico preview: line-ups, form guide, expert analysis

Zinédine Zidane says Liga leaders Real Madrid are "without fear", while Luis Enrique thinks Barcelona are the best team around – something will have to give in Saturday's Clásico.

El Clásico takes place on Saturday afternoon
El Clásico takes place on Saturday afternoon ©UEFA.com

Possible line-ups
: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitić, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar.
: Mathieu (calf)
Doubtful: Alba (knee/hamstring)

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kovačić; Ronaldo, Benzema, Vázquez.
Out: Morata (hamstring), Bale (ankle), Kroos (metatarsal), Fábio Coentrão (adductor), Danilo (muscle problem)

Pick Clásico stars in your Team of the Year

All the Champions League Clásico goals

Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach
I feel optimistic when I see my team train and compete every day. There are many great teams around but none are better than ours.

I expect Madrid to play like they do under Zidane. They'll have no problem giving the ball to us and that suits us as we need it. They'll try and take advantage of set pieces, quick transitions and try to be effective in the final third. We want to have more control, create and take advantage of space and create chances.

It's great to have [Andrés] Iniesta back, he's our captain and the reference point of Barça's style, but I don't think our style will change because of one player. We're a collective.

Who makes your Team of the Year?

Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach
I'm not focusing on how Barça played in their last game, it will be a completely different performance from them. We're going to play against the champions and champions always turn up in the big games. But we also have a team of champions.

It's going to be difficult, a really tough game as you would expect. We're well prepared; the fans will want to see an entertaining game but for us the important thing is to focus on our job. Last year you could say we went to the Camp Nou feeling nervous and desperate not to lose, but now we're going there without any fear.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Barcelona: DDWDWL
Madrid: WWWWWD

Hércules held Barcelona on Wednesday
Hércules held Barcelona on Wednesday©Getty Images

Reporter's views
Richard Martin, Barcelona (UEFAcomRichardM)
Successive Liga draws with Málaga and Real Sociedad make victory here an absolute must if Barcelona are to get back in the title race. The return of Andrés Iniesta is a huge boost for Barça, who have been without the Spanish maestro on four of the five occasions they have dropped points in the league this term. The captain should re-establish the midfield stability which used to define Barça but has disappeared in recent weeks, while Samuel Umtiti's return will bring much needed pace at the back.

Joe Walker, Madrid (UEFAcomJoeW)
Madrid's spirits will be high going into the game and rightly so. They have a six-point cushion over their great rivals and are 32 unbeaten in all competitions, just two off the club record. There is nothing the club's fans would like more than to take a step closer to that milestone while getting the better of Barcelona. Casemiro's return in midfield could not be better timed given the injury to Toni Kroos; the Brazilian will bring defensive solidity and help to nullify the guile of the returning Iniesta.