- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

MADRID (AP) - With Real Madrid still playing at the Club World Cup in Morocco, Barcelona will have a chance to close the gap on the Spanish leaders on Saturday.

Madrid was due to play Sevilla, but the match will be played at a later date because the Champions League winners have reached the Club World Cup final.

Barcelona is still at home, and will have a chance to at least temporarily cut its four-point deficit when it hosts Cordoba.

Here are some things to know about this weekend’s matches:

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GOAL DISPARITY

Barcelona has built its attack around Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, but Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has singlehandedly outscored the trio 25-24 so far this season.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique needs to find a way to get more goals, and he could try out some ideas on Saturday against Cordoba.

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ATHLETIC ATLETICO

Atletico Madrid travels north to Athletic Bilbao with the defending champions looking to rebound after snapping its 27-match home unbeaten streak last week.

Atletico has five wins from its last 10 visits to Bilbao.

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MUNIR’S PATIENCE

With Luis Suarez back and Neymar fit again, 19-year-old Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi needs to be patient.

El Haddadi scored a goal in his debut with the first team and caught the eye of Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who selected him for his first senior international outing against Macedonia in a European qualifier.

While Suarez was out, completing a ban imposed during the World Cup, Enrique played El Haddadi in four consecutive matches - three in the Spanish league and one in the Champions League.

Barcelona has since increased his buyout clause to 35 million euros ($43 million), but with Suarez’s return, he has only played in three out of 12 matches.

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RISING VILLARREAL

Villarreal coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has his eye on overtaking Valencia and challenging Sevilla for fourth-place as his team hosts Deportivo La Coruna.

After securing three points at Atletico, Garcia Toral is looking to keep the momentum going.

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