Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Live : El Clasico 2018 News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info
It’s El Clasico time in La Liga on Sunday as newly crowned champions Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to the Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde’s side remain unbeaten in the league and face a Real Madrid team who are 15 points behind but have just qualified for their third consecutive UEFA Champions League final.
There may be little at stake for either team, but neither will want to lose to their fierce rivals, and this is a game that very rarely disappoints.
Here’s how you can watch the match.
Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
TV: Sky Sports Football (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), beIN Sports CONNECT, fubo.tv (U.S.)
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live Stream
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta missed training on Thursday but is expected to be fit enough to play, per Marca. Sergi Roberto will be available again after missing the game against Deportivo La Coruna due to suspension.
With the title already wrapped up, Ernesto Valverde could rotate but is likely to pick a strong team as Barcelona remain on course to finish the season unbeaten and will not want to lose to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have defensive problems as Raphael Varane is expected to miss out with a calf injury. He is expected to join Dani Carvajal on the sidelines, per Marca‘s Santiago Siguero. Isco is also a concern with a shoulder problem, per AS.
No Guard of Honour for Champions Barcelona
Barcelona will take to the pitch for the first time since winning La Liga against Deportivo on Sunday.
They were given a guard of honour at the Riazor Stadium by Deportivo for winning the Copa del Rey, but Zinedine Zidane had already said his team will not honour the champions, per AS.
Captain Sergio Ramos has reiterated his manager’s stance, per Dermot Corrigan at ESPN FC:
Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba has said his team would give Real Madrid a guard of honour if they had won La Liga, per Sky Sports.
Manager Ernesto Valverde said the tradition can be “humiliating” but has “no problem” with Real Madrid’s decision, per Jamie Smith at Goal.
Real Madrid may not be willing to suffer the indignity of performing a guard of honour, but defeat at the Camp Nou would still be humiliating as it will leave them 18 points behind Barcelona. If Barca were to maintain that gap until the end of the season, it would be the biggest distance ever between the two teams, per Sport‘s German Bona.
Iniesta to Shine in Final Clasico
Sunday’s game will also be Barcelona legend Iniesta’s final Clasico as he has announced this season will be his last at the Camp Nou.
The midfielder will leave on a high after Barcelona’s double means he has now won 35 titles in his career. La Liga showed all the trophies he has won:
Iniesta has played a crucial role again for Barcelona and has made 40 appearances in all competitions.
His last start came in the Copa del Rey final win over Sevilla when he put in another brilliant performance and scored in the 5-0 win.
It was a man-of-the-match display by the midfielder who tends to reserve his best for the big occasions, as shown by Squawka Football: