Line-ups: Madrid-Barca

Lionel Messi is only named a substitute by Barcelona as Karim Benzema is back in the Real Madrid XI for the Clasico this evening.

Luis Enrique chooses not to risk the Argentine, despite his return to fitness after two months out with knee ligament damage, most likely due to the competitive nature of the match.

However, there is better news for Ivan Rakitic, who recovers in time to start in central midfield, while Javier Mascherano replaces Munir El Haddadi.

Madrid, meanwhile, welcome back Keylor Navas, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, James Rodriguez and – most notably – Benzema, who is free to lead the line in attack.

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Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric; James, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema

Subs: Casilla, Pepe, Casemiro, Carvajal, Kovacic, Jese, Isco

Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Sergi; Iniesta, Suarez, Neymar

Subs: Ter Stegen, Messi, Munir, Sandro, Adriano, Vermaelen, Mathieu

Referee: Fernandez Borbalan

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