La Liga preview

Updated: November 25, 2011

Real Madrid could go six points clear at the top of the table on Saturday before Barcelona play at 9pm if they beat local rivals Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.

If history is anything to go by Jose Mourinho’s men should have no problem in dispatching their neighbours and it has been 12 years since Atletico managed to beat Los Blancos.  Mourinho’s men are 1.2 to extend that streak with Betfair

History is one thing but form is another and Real Madrid are in peak form after putting six goals past Dinamo Zagreb during the week’s Champions League fixtures and having overcome 3rd place Valencia last weekend in a thrilling 3-2 win.

Mourinho’s side are looking stronger than ever and this could finally be the year that sees the Galacticos release Barcelona’s stranglehold on the league title.

The current league and European champions will travel to Getafe after Real Madrid’s game at 7pm to try and stay in touch with their rivals but Barca’s away form hasn’t been up to their usual high standard this season.

Guardiola’s side have drawn three of their five away games so far this season but their win at the San Siro over AC Milan in the Champions League during the week might help improve their away form.

Barcelona are yet to lose a game however, and their form against 15th place Getafe is good; the Catalans have taken maximum points from their last five fixtures against Luis Garcia Plaza’s team.

The race to become top scorer in the league this season is already well underway with Leo Messi leading the way with 15 goals to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 14; the Argentine has 22 in all competitions while Ronaldo has 17; check out the odds on who will end up top scorer here at

The Chelsea management will surely be keeping an eye on Valencia as they travel to Rayo Vallecano in an effort to keep in touch with the top two following last week’s disappointment against Real Madrid at the Mestalla.

Valencia battled back in one of the games of the season against Madrid and looked to have equalised in the last minute of the game when the ball was controversially blocked by Higuain; replays proved to be inconclusive so it was the Real striker’s arm or chest that stopped the goal, depending on your allegiance.

Levante look to return to form against Sporting Gijon this weekend after their romantic tale at the top of the league was cut short by Osasuna and their losing streak continued last weekend with a 3-2 away defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Malaga and out-of-form Villarreal will face off in Andalusia on Monday night while Real Sociedad will travel to Seville to play Real Betis on Sunday.

Remaining fixtures: Espanyol v Osasuna, Mallorca v Racing Santander, Athletic Bilbao v Granada, Zaragoza v Sevilla.

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