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Barcelona host Real Madrid on Saturday evening in the hotly-anticipated Clasico. DaeSean Hamilton Broncos Jersey . Luis Enriques La Liga leaders thrashed their arch rivals at the Bernabeu 4-0 earlier this season and will aim to do the double over Los Blancos to maintain their push for back-to-back Spanish titles.But Zinedine Zidanes men will be out for revenge - so who will come out on top?   From BBC v MSN to Real Madrids defence, Guillem Balague looks at the five issues which will decide the Clasico...1. Marcelo v Dani AlvesOffensively speaking, Marcelo has possibly been Real Madrids most influential player this season, which is saying something when you consider he is officially a full-back.But its precisely this unpredictable, gung-ho, swash-buckling, up and at em approach to the game - an approach that sees him plough down the wing, sometimes in midfield, other times up front - that has been used to great effect by Real Madrid this season. Real Madrid defender Marcelo is an attacking threat This can of course create its own problems not least because it frequently leaves the Madrid defence short staffed, although he is no slouch in a defensive capacity, particularly on a one-on-one basis, despite being prone to lapses in concentration particularly when defending diagonal balls crossed from the other side of the pitch.This is a problem he shares with Barcelonas Dani Alves, a player cast in a very similar mould with the same attitude to the game and the same potential to be a game-changer.Lately Alves seems to have lost a bit of that amazing engine he used to have and he still doesnt cross the ball with the quality that matches his play leading up to it. He is also slightly more prone to making mistakes than Marcelo and if I had to pick one over the other I would opt for the Real Madrid defender, simply because he is more important to Real than Alves is to Barcelona.2. The BBC v MSN Real Madrids Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale You have to go back to April 2012 and the Mourinho era to find the last time Real Madrid won a league match at the Camp Nou - and its worth remembering that they have never beaten Barcelona when Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been on the pitch together. The two sides have met three times with the BBC line up in place, and lost every time.That said, if the rest of the side remains solid and balanced this is a triumvirate that can give any defence - including Barcelonas - sleepless nights. How Barca thrashed Real We look back at Barcelonas big November win at the Bernabeu Occasionally Barcelona - partly out of laziness, partly because theyre pretty good at it - abandon their possession game and look for a more direct box-to-box approach to their opponents goal. Nothing wrong with that, except that it can leave them more vulnerable because they cannot recover the ball so quickly, neither can they work so well as a unit together to regain possession.If that happens it could open the door for Bale and Benzema - probably even more than Cristiano - to exploit the situation. Ronaldo might well be the player to score but in terms of creating something should Barcelona go for this approach, this could be a match tailor made for his two colleagues up front. Ivan Rakitic is a key man in the centre of the pitch for Barcelona Mind you, if youre looking for anyone guaranteed to give just about every defence in the world an attack of the vapours then the Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar combination that Barcelona put out each week stands apart from just about anything on show in football today.With the three amigos up front this is a Barcelona side that frequently lose control of a game, and are happy to do so, safe in the knowledge that eventually the ball will get to one of their three assassins with the result that something is always likely to happen.In terms of firepower available to them this Barcelona sides big guns are bigger than, not just Saturdays opponents, but any opponents, anywhere. If I had to choose I would have the MSN. WATCH: Classic El Clasico Check out highlights from some memorable recent meetings between Spains top two 3. Real Madrid centre-backs and CasemiroIf Barcelona are going to look to control the game a bit more - and bearing in mind they are playing at home so they should certainly be able to do so - then the key to the match could well be the performances of the two centre-backs of Real Madrid and defensive midfielder Casemiro, who will play just in front of them.How they defend against any such onslaughts will be crucial not least because its also safe to assume that for at least some of the time Casemiro will probably be gainfully employed covering Marcelos back as the full-back makes his customary advances into enemy territory.Similarly, he will also have his work cut out covering for Toni Kroos and Luka Moric, should they decide to venture forward as well. Carlos Casemiro (R) could be a key figure on Saturday Casemiro is a long way from being at the level of Sergio Busquets, although to be fair to him, the way Busquets is playing at the moment, who is?What Casemiro does do, however, is provide the work rate, the perspiration, if not necessarily the inspiration, that this Real Madrid side needs if it is to function anywhere near its best.Personally, I dont think he is quite good enough to stay in that position next season and I feel that Madrid will be looking to strengthen in that area sooner rather than later. For now, however, his performance this weekend could be crucial.4. Inside midfielders Luka Modric will try to stop Barcelonas midfield on Saturday In terms of the inside midfielders it is a straight battle between Real Madrids Kroos and Modric on one hand and Barcelonas Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic on the other.Modric is a fine player who always looks to control the game but has all too frequently this season been left to do so on his own.For that Kroos must take his share of the blame because for much of the season he has shown himself to be less effective going forward, too slow in the build up, and below par defensively. He is not having the best of times and I think thats partly because he is not enjoying his football at Madrid.He isnt a number four in front of the defence, which he enjoyed doing at Bayern sometimes, and he also seems to lack the freedom he needs when going forward to make a real impact, not least because he has to cover for the lack of defensive work done by the likes of Cristiano and Benzema. Ivan Rakitic is a key man in the centre of the pitch for Barcelona He looks to me to be a man not too happy in his work. In an ideal world he probably never wanted to leave Bayern Munich and Im sure these days his mind is elsewhere and he is thinking about new projects.Modric of course will have to work his socks off. He was one of the players who defended Rafa Benitez inside the camp but he is mature enough to realise that its now time to move on and in fact he has been saying some very complimentary things about Zinedine Zidane lately.He is the key figure for Madrid in terms of control of the game, but I cant help but feel he wont be able to do it by himself.Rakitic and Iniesta are a perfect fit for Barcelona. When Iniesta is on song, its about as good as you can get from a midfielder. Enrique v Zidane Ahead of El Clasico, we compare the managers records in the big game This season the club has made a conscious decision to use his talents more sparingly with a view to getting the very best from him in major games like this and also for the latter stages of the Champions League campaign that are just around the corner.So far we have seen, occasionally, almost in cameo roles, the best Iniesta ever and he is in the view of some, the best midfielder ever to grace the Nou Camp, which, when you look at some of the other contenders, is saying something.In that vital inside midfield slot he is ably assisted by the excellent Rakitic, who is now adding goals to the work rate he has always provided. He is a man who has readily accepted and fitted into his new role at Barcelona.Rakitics new job requires a huge amount of running and effort, primarily because it comes with the territory with any side that plays such an open game. It is very different to the role he had at Sevilla that saw him as the main instigator of any attacks and the sides true leader.He is having a fantastic season and from an inside midfield point of view this Barcelona side is currently far superior both mentally and tactically. 5. The collective answersSo whats going to happen?Its impossible not to be impressed with a Barcelona side that can switch with such ease from a counter attacking game to one of control via possession.Thats the good news, although I still believe in terms of their tactical levels this is not a side that possess the same acumen required to break down a deep-lying defence that they had during the reign of Pep Guardiola.At times, however, they are so comfortable with the notion of getting the ball up front quickly that they can easily lose control.The plus side of that is the addition to their already varied box of tricks of a number nine in Suarez, who has added this weapon of counter attack to their armoury. From an offensive point of view this is probably the final piece in the jigsaw and what almost certainly makes them, currently, the best side in Europe. Real Madrid lost 4-0 at home to Barcelona in November As for Real Madrid, Zidane started with the idea of keeping control of the ball and recovering it high up the pitch, only to abandon it when it dawned on him that he didnt have the players either capable, willing, or both, to adopt such a game plan.He realises that this means his side now looks to the performances of individuals rather than rely on the team ethic. As a result much of the collective plans envisaged by his predecessor have been sacrificed.The addition of Casemiro, and also on occasions Danilo, means that a modicum of defensive balance can be restored but it remains nonetheless a team that doesnt pressure well, doesnt attack cleverly and doesnt defend as a team either.That is Real Madrids biggest downfall particularly in the big games and thats why I believe Barcelona will maintain their winning record over their main rivals.Watch Barcelona v Real Madrid, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm on Saturday.  Or watch live for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. Also See: How Barca thrashed Real WATCH: Classic El Clasicos WATCH: Top 10 Clasico goals Enrique v Zidane Royce Freeman Broncos Jersey . Pretty good hitting, too. Dan Haren pitched six innings and sparked the go-ahead rally with a single, leading Los Angeles to another win over the skidding Atlanta Braves, 4-2 on Tuesday night. Josey Jewell Jersey . Head of clinic Josef Obrist tells the Austria Press Agency on Thursday that Morgenstern "is doing surprisingly well. ... He still has a memory gap but thats nothing unusual." Morgenstern has moved to a rehabilitation clinic in Klagenfurt for further recovery. http://www.broncosrookiestore.com/Broncos-Isaac-Yiadom-Jersey/ . The agreement comes a little more than one week after the video game manufacturer agreed to a $40 million settlement in a similar but separate case, bringing the total payout planned for athletes to $60 million, said Steve Berman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, and the NCAA. NEW YORK -- Turning around their fourth-quarter performance was a small step. Pablo Prigionis goal is for the New York Knicks to turn around their whole season. "I believe we can change this situation (by) working hard every day and try to play 100 per cent every possession, every day, and I dont know, keep going," Prigioni said. "We cant be sad because of what we did in the last 20 games. We have to look in front and just keep going." Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, Andrea Bargnani added 23 and the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-106 on Saturday night. Prigioni had a season-high 11 points and was a spark in the decisive 11-0 run midway through the final period as the Knicks finished strong one night after a fourth-quarter flop cost them in a loss at Boston. New York could have been looking at a three-game winning streak, but was outscored 22-13 in the final 12 minutes of its 90-86 loss to the Celtics. "We werent stale tonight in the fourth quarter like we were last night," coach Mike Woodson said. "We played what, four games in five days, and it was kind of nice to see us bounce back like that." Lou Williams scored a season-high 27 points in his best game since returning from knee surgery, but the Hawks committed 27 turnovers -- most in the NBA this season -- that led to 36 points and negated their 60.6 per cent shooting. "I think tonight was a night where the most aggressive team won. I think you give a lot of credit to the Knicks," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Defensively, they were creating a lot of turnovers, creating a lot of problems for us." Paul Millsap scored 18 but had nine turnovers and fouled out. Al Horford finished with 17 points. The Knicks wore their regular whites instead of the alternate orange uniforms theyve been wearing for weekend home games. Theyre 0-6 in the orange, including a 110-90 loss to the Hawks at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 16, when they caused a colour clash with Atlantas red. New Yorks lead was just 87-83 before Anthonys 3-pointer with 6:26 remaining. Prigioni then hit one, followed that with a steal and a layup, and then fed Bargnani for another 33 that made it 98-83 with 5:11 to play. Jared Veldheer Jersey. Starting for injured point guard Raymond Felton, Prigioni also had six assists and harassed the Hawks ballhandlers into a number of mistakes. Kyle Korver scored 13 points, making four of Atlantas six 3-pointers in the third quarter to extend his NBA record to 93 straight games with at least one. That helped the Hawks pull to 81-77, but they coughed it up seven times in the fourth. "We couldnt capitalize off of the mistakes they made," Horford said. "There were a few times we had a fast break in which we could have scored and we threw the ball away. I think that cost us the game. That kind of deflated us as a team." Still without injured starters Tyson Chandler and Felton, the Knicks also were missing Kenyon Martin, who has a strained left abdominal muscle. But they somewhat surprisingly had Amare Stoudemire, who said Friday he expected to be ordered to take the night off by the training staff in what was the teams fourth game in five days. Instead, Stoudemire -- who was barred from playing on back-to-back nights earlier this season and had his minutes restricted coming off another knee surgery -- said he felt great and wanted to play. And face it, the Knicks need all the help they can get. Woodson acknowledged that Stoudemire probably wouldnt have played if the Knicks were 15-5, but theyre only 7-16. Stoudemire scored nine. Atlanta had a one-point lead with under 5 minutes left in the second quarter before Tim Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer and dunked, starting a 12-0 run that gave the Knicks a 52-41 advantage. J.R. Smith got the start for Martin after taking just one shot in the loss at Boston. Smith said after the game he was focusing on distributing to his teammates, an idea so out of character that Woodson had trouble keeping a straight face when asked about it Saturday. Smith took eight shots, but made only one and finished with two points. 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