Real Madrid hope to rebound against Deportivo

Madrid, Spain ( - The La Liga title chase will continue on Saturday as first-place Real Madrid will attempt to rebound from a disappointing defeat when it welcomes Deportivo to the Bernabeu.

The Galacticos suffered a shock 4-0 loss Atletico Madrid last Saturday, and with Barcelona picking up a 5-2 win at Athletic Bilbao the following day, Real's lead over the Catalans at the La Liga summit dwindled to just one point.

And the task of claiming three points on Saturday is not a foregone conclusion, either.

Deportivo is one of La Liga's in-form sides at the moment, collecting 10 points from its last five league outings.

The club did, however, suffer a resounding 8-2 defeat to Real Madrid when the two sides met at the Riazor on Sept. 20. Cristiano Ronaldo led the way with a hat trick while Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez chipped in with two goals apiece.

Ronaldo, who was anonymous in his return from suspension against Atletico last weekend, will aim to continue his scoring tear against Deportivo when the two sides clash on Saturday.

Barcelona and Atletico, meanwhile, will hope to keep pace by matching Real's result on Sunday.

The Catalans have won five straight league matches, dismantling opponents by a combined score of 21-5 in that stretch. They will aim to keep rolling when they welcome Levante to Camp Nou.

Atletico has won four on the bounce since a 3-1 La Liga loss to Barcelona on Jan. 11. Diego Simeone's men will host Celta Vigo, a club that managed to claim a 2-2 draw when it hosted Atletico at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos on Sept. 20.

Valencia enters the weekend in fourth place with 44 points and will hope maintain its Champions League position with maximum points against Getafe on Sunday, and sixth-place Villarreal will look to make it four wins from five when it travels to the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas to face Rayo Vallecano.

Despite dropping two successive games, Sevilla sits just two points back of Valencia and can keep the pressure on Los Che with a home victory over Cordoba on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Granada will hope to climb out of the cellar with a positive result against Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol will travel to La Rosaleda to take on Malaga.

Eibar will look to snap a three-game slide on Monday when it plays host to Elche, while Friday's only La Liga fixture saw Real Sociedad twice equalize at Almeria en route to a 2-2 draw.