Real Madrid's Starting XI is certainly something everyone expected, but sources close within the club present here at the Camp Nou told Managing Madrid that Carlo Ancelotti's starting XI will be this one.
Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Furthermore, the latest talk inside the Camp Nou's press box is that Sergio Busquets will start as FC Barcelona's defensive midfielder. Busquets recently recovered from a muscle injury when everyone thought Argentinian Javier Mascherano was going to play in front of the defensive line.
It will be interesting to see if Real Madrid's midfield has what it takes to control the game at the Camp Nou, especially considering how shaky Real's record is in tough venues. One way or another, this Clásico will likely decide the Liga BBVA title if Messi and Co manage to get the three points today, as Real would be trailing by four points in the table.