The first official Clasico of the season takes place on Sunday evening, as a buoyant Real Madrid side are hosted by fierce rivals Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
The Catalan giants come into the game on the back of the bitter loss of superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of £198m and will hope to prove that there is life after the Brazilian in the first Clasico of the new season.
Los Blancos, meanwhile, come into the game on a high having added the European Super Cup to their coffers with a midweek victory over Manchester United, and will hope to take steps towards adding yet another trophy to their cabinet on Sunday.
Andre Gomes and Thomas Vermaelen both missed Monday night’s Trofeu Gamper game against Chapecoense at Camp Nou, but are expected to be available for the Clasico at home to Real Madrid.
Gerard Deulofeu went off with a knock in Monday’s match, but he should be fine for the Supercopa test and looks set to start after Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.
For Real Madrid, Jesus Vallejo is out injured, but coach Zinedine Zidane has no other worries. Cristiano Ronaldo
appeared as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday and has been building up his fitness this week after an extended break due to his participation in the Confederations Cup earlier this summer.
Luka Modric is suspended for this match after picking up a red card against Atletico in the Supercopa back in 2014. The Croatian midfielder will be available for the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
There are no other players suspended for either team and any red cards in this edition of the Supercopa will lead to a suspension in La Liga following a rule change in 2015.
Barcelona Probable Line-up:
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is set to name Gerard Deulofeu in the Neymar role on the left of his side’s attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.
Deulofeu returned to the Catalan club in a buy-back deal from Everton earlier this summer and opened the scoring in the 5-0 win over Chapecoense in the Gamper Trophy on Monday, when he also assisted two more goals before going off at half-time.
Elsewhere, Aleix Vidal is set to be preferred to summer signing Nelson Semedo at right-back, with the Portuguese likely to have to wait for an opportunity from the bench.
Real Madrid Probable Line-up:
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to the starting line-up for the trip to Barcelona after featuring as a late substitute against Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
The Portuguese, who was the subject of speculation over a possible transfer earlier this summer after it emerged he was unhappy in Spain, is still building up his fitness after an extended holiday following his participation at the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Elsewhere, Isco is likely to feature from the outset in midfield as Luka Modric misses out through suspension, with Gareth Bale in attack alongside Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.