Real Betis will provide a tough test on Saturday evening for Real Madrid as the league leaders will have one eye on Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow.
Jose Mourinho’s team haven’t lost in the league since December and are currently 10 points ahead of Barcelona in the Primera Division table.
Real Betis’ form fluctuates between brilliant and dire and they are coming into Saturday’s match with Madrid on the back of a 3-1 away defeat at the hands of Levante.
Malaga will kick off the action on Saturday as they host Levante in an attempt to overhaul the high-flying Juan Ignacio Martinez’s side, who are currently in fourth place.
Levante have been on a dismal run since the end of 2011 and the beginning of this year but they have since started to turn things around with two consecutive wins over Espanyol and Betis, while Malaga are also coming into this match on the back of two wins, over Real Zaragoza and Getafe.
The bottom placed side, Real Zaragoza, are currently three points off Sporting Gijon in 19th position and they will need a massive performance against Real Sociedad to help bring themselves closer to getting off the foot of the table.
Zaragoza’s closest rivals in the league Sporting Gijon will host Sevilla on Saturday, who boast wins over Osasuna and Valencia in their last three games, as well as a 1-1 draw over Atletico.
Barcelona will need to respond to Real Madrid’s Saturday result when they travel to Racing Santander on Sunday, with Pep Guardiola’s side hoping to put their poor away form behind them.
Lionel Messi was in spectacular form in the Champions League this week, scoring five of Barca’s goals in their 7-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen and the mercurial Argentine returns to the Barcelona squad after serving his one match suspension last week.
Valencia got back to winning ways in the league last week with a 3-1 win over Granada and they will hope to keep improving this weekend as they face Mallorca at the Mestalla.
Atletico Madrid will be going into their game against Granada full of confidence after their 3-1 win in the Europa League over Besiktas.
Atheltic Bilbao will do well to pick themselves up and repeat their excellent performance against Manchester United in the Europa League as they travel to Osasuna in the race to the last Champions League spot.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Espanyol will host Rayo Vallecano will also be battling for a place in Europe while Villarreal and Getafe will compete in Monday night’s fixture.