by JACK PRENTICE
Barcelona travel to Sevilla knowing that their hosts have a fearsome record at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this season.
Sevilla have lost just once in La Liga and look like possible title contenders after ending Atletico Madrid’s unbeaten run in their last home game. However, they could only draw 1-1 draw away at Sporting Gijon last time out.
In midweek, they comfortably dispatched Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 to take a big step toward Champions League Knockout qualification.
Barca meanwhile lost 3-1 away at Manchester City to end a two game winning run in England but remain top of Group C.
Los Cules are second in La Liga, two points off Real Madrid having recovered from a blip earlier in the season that saw them lose to Celta Vigo and at home to Alaves.
However, they’ll have to perform better than their 1-0 victory over bottom of the table Granada in their last Liga match.
Real Madrid host struggling Leganes in one of the less famous Madrid derbies at the Bernabeu on Sunday.
Madrid are currently top of the table and two points clear of Barcelona having failed to lose a game all season despite a run of four league matches without a win.
Real go into the match having drawn 3-3 away at Legia Warsaw despite having been 2-0 up in an empty stadium and are second in their group behind Borussia Dortmund.
This is Leagnes’ first season in La Liga following promotion last season and Madrid’s new third best team are currently 16th, a point clear of the bottom three.
Atletico Madrid needed a last gasp winner from Antoine Griezmann in midweek as they beat Russian club FC Rostov 2-1 at the Vicente Caldreon, and it doesn’t get any easier for Diego Simeone.
Atleti travel to San Sebastian to face a Real Sociedad side that never fail to raise their game against bigger teams.
Los Rojiblancos were able to get over the disappointment of losing their unbeaten record at Sevilla to beat Malaga 4-2 in a pulsating game in Madrid, while Sociedad are sixth and in the Europa League spots.
Malaga v Real Sporting Gijon
Granada v Deportivo
Osasuna v Alaves
Las Palmas v Eibar
Celta Vigo v Valencia
Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao
Villarreal v Real Betis