Real Madrid vs Barcelona live stream, match preview, team news and kick-off time for this Copa del Rey match

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona live stream and match preview, Thursday March 2, 8pm GMT

Real Madrid vs Barcelona live stream and match preview

Looking for a Real Madrid vs Barcelona live stream? We've got you covered. Real Madrid vs Barcelona is on BT Sport in the UK. Brit abroad? Use a VPN to watch the Champions League with your subscription (opens in new tab) from anywhere.

It's the biggest game in world football! El Clasico returns on Thursday night to showcase one of the most exciting dates in the football calendar once more.

It's been a funny old season for these two clubs. While Barcelona are racing away with the league – standing atop La Liga by seven clear points of Los Blancos – they were dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage, and then defeated in the Europa League play-offs by Manchester United.

Real Madrid can't match the record-breaking strides of Xavi's side in the league, but are expected to ease through to the next round of the Champions League after thrashing Liverpool at Anfield. As last year showed, it is never wise to bet against Ancelotti's team in Europe's elite competition.

So the Copa del Rey may well be where bragging rights are won between the two this year. This stage is two-legged, so Madrid will want to assert their dominance this time around, before they head to the Camp Nou in a month.

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT. 


Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Camavinga, Kroos, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Balde, Kounde, Araujo, Alonso; De Jong, Busquets, Kessie; Raphinha, Torres, Gavi


Real Madrid: DWWWW

Barcelona: LLWDW



Real Madrid vs Barcelona will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. 

Kick-off and channel

RB Leipzig vs Manchester City kick-off is at 8pm GMT on Thursday March 2 in the UK. The game is being shown on BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate, and the BT Sport app (opens in new tab).

In the US, kick-off time is 3pm ET / 12pm PT. The match will be shown on Paramount+ in the US. See below for international broadcast options.

VPN guide

Use a VPN to watch Copa del Rey football from outside your country

If you’re out of the country for a Copa del Rey fixture, then you won't be able to watch on your domestic streaming service as usual. The broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!) and blocks you from watching it. You can use a VPN to get around that, though, without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs, creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and will let you watch. And all the info going between is entirely encrypted, anonymous and safe – and that's a result.

There are plenty of good-value options out there. For the Champions League, FourFourTwo currently recommends:

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International Premier League TV rights

• UK: BT Sport (opens in new tab) shows Copa del Rey in the UK.
• USA: ESPN (opens in new tab) is the rights holder for the Copa del Rey in America.

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Conor Pope
Online Editor

Conor Pope is the Online Editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing all digital content, and joined the team in February 2019. He plays football regularly, both on grass and artificial surfaces, and has a large, discerning and ever-growing collection of football shirts from around the world.

He supports Blackburn Rovers and holds a season ticket with south London non-league side Dulwich Hamlet. His main football passions include Tugay, the San Siro and only using a winter ball when it snows.