Barcelona & Real Madrid match previews

Updated: March 16, 2012

Barcelona and Real Madrid both have a difficult weekend ahead as the reigning champions must travel to Sevilla while Jose Mourinho’s side play fourth place Malaga at home.

Barcelona can narrow the gap at the top to seven points if they beat Sevilla away from home on Saturday, and Pep Guardiola’s sides’ away form has picked up in the last month.

Sevilla lie 11th in the league and haven’t won since the end of February but will surely take encouragement in the fact they are the only team in the league to have taken points off Barcelona in the Nou Camp, after a 0-0 draw in October.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Rayo Vallecano host Real Betis, Osasuna travel to bottom-place Real Zaragoza, Getafe entertain Real Sociedad and Granada take on Sporting Gijon at home in a relegation battle fixture.

On Sunday, the late kick-off sees Real Madrid entertain Malaga at the Bernabeu, as Jose Mourinho’s side will be boosted by the Champions League draw that ensures they will not play Barcelona until the final, if they make it there.
Malaga’s form has been inconsistent all season but a run of three straight wins has seen the Andalucian team climb into the fourth Champions League spot last weekend; Real Madrid’s home form is remarkable however and anything Malaga can pick up from the Bernabeu will be a bonus.

Manchester United’s Europa League conquerors will need to avoid a European hangover if they hope to beat Valencia at home on Sunday, as the visitors will be looking to stay clear of the chasing pack in third place.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Villarreal will be looking for vital points away from to Levante as they try to escape the relegation dogfight, while Atletico Madrid travel to Mallorca; Espanyol host Racing Santander in Monday night’s fixture.

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