Eibar v Valencia – Sunday 15:00 GMT
Valencia, in eighth place, travel to face Eibar who are in ninth position. Both teams are locked on 20 points.
The expectations of both sides are where the similarity ends though.
Eibar are having an unbelievable season so far but after consecutive defeats and only one point from the last 9 they are running into what could be a difficult period. In fairness to them, the last two games haven't been easy, a 2-0 defeat at home to Real Madrid isn't a major surprise I guess and they were very unlucky to lose last week 2-1 at Real Sociedad when they conceded a last minute goal.
It is possible for them to pick things up again if morale is still intact.
Valencia, under Gary Neville, suffered a major disappointment in not only going out of the Champions League but losing to opponents Lyon in a game they had to and were expected to win.
Injuries are blighting the start of his reign but he still does have a squad available to perform better than they have been doing recently. He only had a couple of days training prior to the Lyon game and slowly but surely he will get his ideas and demands across to the players but he doesn't have too much time to waste in their obvious pursuit of getting back into the top four.
He would have been hoping for his team to have got off to a good start and then to try to keep momentum going. That was not the case and it appears to have been a false start.
I'm not sure they are going to get the desired victory in this game either to kick-start their league season. Eibar are possibly the hardest working team in La Liga and Valencia first of all have to match that and hope their quality can prevail.
Eibar 1 – 1 Valencia 7.00
Villarreal v Real Madrid – Sunday 19:30 GMT
This should be a tough test for Real Madrid at El Madrigal despite Villarreal suffering a bit of an injury crisis at the moment.
An in-form and full strength Villarreal defeated Atletico in this stadium earlier in the season but I'm not sure they are in form at the moment and they are certainly not at full strength. They did manage to beat Rayo Vallecano last week for only their second win in the last eight games, so perhaps there could be renewed confidence from Marcelino's team, we shall see.
Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakambu are forming a very good partnership up front with Soldado being the main provider for the six goal Bakambu. He got both last week in the 2-1 victory.
Villarreal need to get off to a good fast start and seize the initiative against Real to stand any chance but this is not their normal style. El Madrigal is not an intimidating stadium for visiting teams and Villarreal normally look to construct a good passing style of football to wear opponents down. If Real approach this game in the right manner I can see them overpowering their opponents.
So many ifs and buts in this game but I'm going to go for a hard fought 2-1 away victory for Rafa Benitez's side.
Villarreal 1 – 2 Real Madrid 9.00
Bakambu to score 3.40