Barcelona's focus returns to league at Sevilla
Barcelona's focus returns to the domestic title race at Sevilla on Sunday, while Real Madrid will look to keep the pressure on the Spanish leader with a victory at home to Hercules.
Barcelona, buoyed by its 3-1 Champions League win over Arsenal, has won four straight league games ahead of a difficult away match.
Madrid trails the two-time defending champions by seven points but is coming off perhaps its best performance of the season at Racing Santander, where Cristiano Ronaldo's absence was hardly missed in a 3-1 victory.
With a Champions League match against Lyon looming next week, the Portugal forward is expected to miss Saturday's game.