Real Zaragoza boosted their survival hopes with an impressive victory at Mestalla, but Manolo Jimenez’s side are still well behind safety and, therefore, need a win in this clash.
Atletico Madrid returned to winning ways by beating Athletic Bilbao at Vicente Calderon, and los Colchoneros are now looking to record what would be only their third away victory in La Liga this season.
Real Zaragoza were not even expected to enter the tough relegation battle, but los Manos largely struggled in the first part of the season and just few weeks ago it looked as though they would not be able to escape the drop.
However, home win over Villarreal and away victories against Espanyol and Valencia saw Zaragoza close the gap behind safety to six points, meaning they now have a realistic chance to avoid relegation.
Boss Manolo Jimenez is still counting the costs of the 2-1 win over Valencia, as Maurizio Lanzaro, Pablo Alvarez and Franco Zuculini are all suspended for this game, although Helder Postiga returns from suspension.
Ruben Micael also returns from suspension and he is expected to play some part after recovering from a head injury.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Roberto – Mateos, Pinter, Da Silva, Paredes – Dujmovic, Minero – Lafita, Apono, Carlos – Postiga.
Following a very slow start to the season, Atletico have shown a massive improvement under Diego Simeone and los Colchoneros look set to put up a serious top 4 challenge.
Vicente Calderon outfit have been in impressive form of late and while their three-match winning run came to an end in Mallorca, they quickly returned to winning ways by beating Athletic at home.
Atletico currently sit five points behind fourth-placed Levante, but they look a good bet to achieve a top 4 finish at odds of 5.50 (9/2) offered by bet365.
Everybody at the club is happy to see Radamel Falcao Garcia scoring goals for fun, and after scoring in every one of his last four games, the Colombian is 1.85 (17/20) with Sportingbet to continue the impressive run.
Brazilian midfielder Diego has resumed full training and he is back in contention, but Tiago and Silvio remain long-term worries.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Courtois – Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis – Mario Suarez, Gabi – Adrian, Koke, Turan – Falcao.