Sevilla hopes to hand Madrid second-straight defeat

Real Madrid heads to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to face Sevilla on Saturday, and the home side is looking to pile on the misery for Los Blancos.

Sevilla striker Manu del Moral told Spanish newspaper Marca that his side is looking to add insult to Real Madrid's Clasico injuries after falling to Barcelona, 3-1, at the Bernabeu last weekend.

"What better way to bounce back from the defeat to Levante than against Real Madrid," del Moral said. "To beat them you have to do almost everything right and be very careful not to leave them too much space because they are very dangerous. We must play well on the day, have confidence in ourselves and not be frightened."

Last weekend's loss drops Real Madrid out of the top spot in La Liga in favor of the Catalans, as Barcelona holds the edge in goal differential despite the two sides being tied on 37 points apiece.

But del Moral does not believe that the result from last weekend's Clasico will have any bearing on Real Madrid's output against Sevilla on Saturday.

"It was a setback to their goal of winning the league," del Moral continued. "But had they won or lost, you still face Real Madrid, one of the best teams in the world along with Barcelona, and it would still have been equally difficult."

Sevilla is 13 points off the pace and failed to make up any ground in its last outing, falling to Levante, 1-0.

Barcelona is not in action this weekend, as the La Liga and Champions League holders are participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. It has already been a costly cup competition, as striker David Villa sustained a broken leg that will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.

Elsewhere on Saturday, eighth-place Espanyol travels to El Molinon to face Sporting Gijon, Athletic Bilbao hosts Real Zaragoza, and Getafe travels Mallorca as the home side looks to extend its unbeaten streak in league play to six games.

On Sunday, third-place Valencia can move within four points of Barcelona with a win over Malaga. Valencia, despite sitting in third place in the league, is winless in its last three games in all competitions and has lost two of its last four in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid hosts Real Betis on Sunday as the visitors have a chance to go level on points with Los Rojiblancos.

Real Sociedad hopes to extend its unbeaten run to five games in La Liga play when it travels to the Estadio El Sardinero to face second-from-bottom Racing on Sunday.

Rounding out Sunday's La Liga action, seventh-place Osasuna hosts struggling Villarreal and fourth-place Levante heads to Los Carmenes to play Granada.