Bookmakers' view on Barça vs. Real Madrid clash

Tonight's showdown promises to be an explosive match as usual as both teams will playing their second El Clasico of the 2018/19 season in the first leg semi finals of the Copa del Rey.

Messi is a doubt for the game having picked up a thigh problem in Saturday's 2-2 La Liga draw with Valencia, with tests to determine the extent of the injury due on Tuesday.

He returned to training with the team on Tuesday and had been doubtful for the first leg of the semifinals against Madrid.

But Barca barely missed their talismanic forward, thrashing Real Madrid 5-1 in what proved to be Julen Lopetegui's last game in charge before Solari took over.

"It's an open tie, we have great players and they do too, some of the best in the world. If Messi is fit he'll play and if he isn't in shape, he won't", commented Valverde.

Meanwhile, Los Blancos reached the last four, after securing an emphatic 7-3 aggregate victory over Girona.

In midfield, it is likely that Valverde's most hard decision will be whether to start the passionate Arturo Vidal, or whether to play with more touch and control with Arthur Melo.

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First half: Lucas Vazquez has given Madrid a 1-0 lead.

Messi is part of Barcelona's squad and is available for the game, but it's unclear if he'll play against Real Madrid.

The fact that these games seem more likely to define Madrid's season than Barcelona's says everything about the two clubs' current fortunes.

'If our coaches asked us for a player and they want to leave Madrid, of course we would sign them, ' Bartomeu told El Partidazo de COPE.

The Catalan giants agreed a £120m a year extension to their deal with the sportswear giants in 2016, and have been responsible for producing kits for the Camp Nou side.

"In a semi-final between Barca and Madrid there's no favorite".

He has been a regular in their Copa del Rey campaign, though, meaning he could come up against Barça on Wednesday.

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