The Catalans face the capital club in a historic encounter, as the bitter rivals face off abroad for the first time in a quarter of a century
Miami will play host to the first Clasico outside Spain in 25 years when Real Madrid take on Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.
Miami Dolphins’ 65,326-capacity Hard Rock Stadium will host the mouthwatering showdown between La Liga’s biggest rivals in what is a precursor to their Supercopa meeting in August.
Real come into the game licking their wounds following a humiliating 4-1 defeat against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, as well as losing to Manchester United on penalties.
Barca, on the other hand, have enjoyed a winning start to their pre-season schedule, with Neymar inspiring the Catalans to wins against Juventus and Man United.
|Game||Real Madrid vs Barcelona|
|Date||Saturday, July 29|
|Time||19:30 local / 00:30 BST (July 30)|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Real Madrid players|
|Goalkeepers||Navas, Casilla, Yanez, L. Zidane|
|Defenders||Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Quezada, Tejero, Achraf, Manu|
|Midfielders||Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Ceballos, Kovacic, Oscar, Franchu|
|Forwards||Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Gomez, Mayoral|
Cristiano Ronaldo remains on his summer break following his participation at the Confederations Cup, so the Real Madrid forward line has lacked the clinical attributes brought by the Portuguese.
Zinedine Zidane opted for a front three of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Isco against Man City and that trio should feature against Barca, but Toni Kroos is likely to replace Mateo Kovacic in midfield.
Sergio Ramos, meanwhile, should come into contention to lead the backline, having sat out the game against City in Los Angeles.
Potential starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Isco.
|Goalkeepers||Cillessen, Ortola, Jokin|
|Defenders||Pique, Alba, Digne, Umtiti, Vidal, Marlon, Douglas, Vermaelen, Semedo|
|Midfielders||Busquets, Mascherano, Iniesta, Rakitic, Arda, D. Suarez, Roberto, Samper, Alena|
|Forwards||Messi, Neymar, L. Suarez, Alcacer, Munir|
Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha are injured and will not feature for Barcelona, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Andre Gomes were given an extended holiday following the Confederations Cup.
Ernesto Valverde has been using the friendly games to take a proper look at his new squad and there has been a lot of rotation with players usually playing 45 minutes each.
Despite speculation about his future, Neymar has been impressive and will form the usual front three with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. There are places up for grabs in defence, though, with the likes of Samuel Umtiti rivalling Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique for a starting position.
Potential starting XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, L. Suarez, Neymar.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Barcelona are slight favourites to win in Miami at 13/10(1.3), according to dabblebet, with Real Madrid considered 15/8(1.88) bets. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 13/5(2.6).
New Barcelona boss Valverde gets his first taste of Clasico action as a coach in what could prove to be a vital warm-up ahead of their Supercopa showdown and Liga kick-off in August.
Thus far, the former Athletic Bilbao head coach appears to have settled well into his new environment since taking over the reins from Luis Enrique, with his side showing plenty of positive signs ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
The off-field furore over a potential Neymar switch to Paris Saint-Germain does not appear to have affected the Brazilian star, who looks to be enjoying pre-season with his team-mates across the Atlantic, and Valverde will be hoping that the experience can help sway him to remain at Camp Nou.
Competitiion for places has been fierce too, with fringe players and youth prospects doing their best to convince the new coach that they deserve to be in his first XI.
It has been a different story for Zidane and his Madrid charges, who have been somewhat underwhelming during pre-season, and they will be determined not to lose any bragging rights to Barca ahead of the new season.
The Blancos may be forgiven a slow start after winning the Champions League and La Liga last term, as well as being without their talisman Ronaldo.
However, competitive games are looming ever closer on the horizon and they will have to kick up a gear before the UEFA Super Cup clash against Man United on August 8.