Barcelona are considered 1/7 favourites to beat Valencia on Saturday as they look to keep on top of La Liga whilst Real must overcome a tough trip to Bilbao in order to stay in touch.
Real have managed to overcome some of their recent setbacks to lose the gap to Barcelona at the top of La Liga and both sides will need to beat tough opposition if they are to stay at the top of the pack.
Barcelona will be first to be put under the microscope as they host Valencia on Saturday evening at the Nou Camp.
The defending champions are top of the table on goal difference and Barca could drop to third should they slump to a shock defeat on Saturday.
After being in action duing the week in the Copa Del Rey, Barcelona are expected to put many of their top stars back in the squad including Lionel Messi and Xavi who had been rested.
Alongside that, both Pedro and Alexis Sanchez are expected to start having been on fire in front of goal in recent fixtures keeping the likes of Tello on the bench.
Valencia are not enjoying a good season with turmoil off the pitch affecting their perfromances leaving them to sit in tenth and out of contention for a spot in Europe.
Helder Postiga is expected to return to the starting line-up for the match and slot alongside Lucas Piatti in attack
having been dropped in last week’s draw with Espanyol.
Alongside that, the Andalusian side will look to play former Barcelona youth prospect Oriol Romeu in midfield alongside Andres Guardado in an attempt to stop the hosts from creating too many chances.
Meanwhile, Sunday will see Real Madrid look to get something from their game as they take on high-flying Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio San Mames.
Real have managed the close the gap to the leaders down to one point by winning their last five league fixtures although they remain in third going into the weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti is expected to make several changes to the squad for the trip north with Diego Lopez expected to replace Iker Casillas in goal on Sunday.
There could also be room for Marcelo, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to start on Sunday as Ancelotti looks to rotate his squad around and avoid fitness problems as the season picks up again in 2014.
It won’t be easy though as Athletic are just one place behind Real in fourth and have been the only side to beat Barcelona this season after winning at the San Mames back in December.
It’s expected to be much of the same for Bilbao going into their home game with the Abel Aduriz and Iker Muniain expected to cause problems in attack for Real.
Alongside that, Ibai Gomez is also expected to feature in the clash giving an extra creative spark in midfield that Athletic can use throughout the 90 minutes.
With the likes of Valencia and Bilbao able to cause an upset at any time, this weekend could see both Real Madrid and Barcelona lose ground in a hotly contested title fight in La Liga.