The final Clásico match of the 2013-14 season is set for Wednesday, when Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in the Copa del Rey final. Madrid are chasing what they hope will be the first of three trophies this season, while Barca are trying to prevent their season from unraveling further.
Injuries will play a major part in Wednesday's final with both teams missing key players.
Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is still recovering from a thigh injury, and fullback Marcelo, who will be out with a hamstring problem. Carlo Ancelotti will get Sergio Ramos back after the defender missed Madrid's win over Getafe with a neck injury.
Barcelona are without first-choice goalkeeper Victor Valdés, though he wouldn't have played anyway since Barca have been consistently playing José Manuel Pinto in Copa del Rey matches for several years.
The biggest issue for the Blaugrana is in the defense, where Gerard Piqué (hip) and Marc Bartra (hamstring) will be missing. With Bartra out, either Sergio Busquets or Adriano will start alongside Javier Mascherano.
Busquets started in the central defense last Saturday, with Alex Song in Busquets' usual holding midfield role, and it didn't go all that well. Barcelona are much better with Busquets in the midfield, so don't be surprised if Adriano is asked to play in the center of the defense.
Match Date/Time: 9:30 p.m. local, 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
TV: ESPN (U.S. - English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), TVE/TV3 (Spain)
Online: ESPN3 (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)
Listings via LiveSoccerTV.