Defeats in their respective midweek Champions League clashes will be set aside as both Real Madrid and Barcelona will battle it out once more in El Clasico this coming Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) at Nou Camp, Barcelona.
Madrid, who lost to German side Bayern Munich last Tuesday, will look to extend their lead against their bitter rivals which saw a 10 point lead last March reduced to just 4 points with the season in its final stretch. Jose Mourinho's side is also has been on the verge of breaking the 107 goal record they reached during the 1989/90 season under John Toshack.
Barcelona, on the other hand, were defeated by Chelsea last Wednesday despite dominating possesion throughout the match, but will look to be a point behind their bitter rivals after Saturday. Barcelona's talismanic striker Lionel Messi has been in scintillating form recently, netting 41 goals, equal with Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in the top goalscorer plum in Spain, but has netted a total of 63 goals in all competition, four shy of Gerd Muller's record of 67 goals in one season.
This will be their third match up this year as the two sides met in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey where Barcelona emerged victorious 4-3 on aggregate, defeating Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu and a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp. In their last La Liga match up, Madrid scored in the first minute, but a Barcelona completed a comeback to win the match 3-1.