Real host Celta in Copa del Rey
Real Madrid has an opportunity to quiet recent criticism by fans when it takes on Celta Vigo in a must-win Copa del Rey match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid must recover from a 2-1 loss in the first leg of the round of 16 to progress Wednesday in the cup competition.
In the league, Madrid trails Barcelona by 16 points after 18 matches, a gap that Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has said is "almost impossible" to bridge.
Barcelona is under less pressure, playing at the Camp Nou following a 2-0 win over second-tier club Cordoba in the first leg.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will be in charge for his second post-surgery match after his team beat crosstown rival Espanyol 4-0 in the Spanish league.