As for Malaga, they should welcome back Ignasi Miquel back into the side, whilst Diego Gonzalez is a doubt after suffering a knock in training on Friday.
"However, we have so much work to do in focusing on ourselves, that the rival takes more of a back seat".More news: Mike Woodson wants to coach Knicks again: 'I hope they call me'
Real Madrid, on the other hand, has had a similarly disappointing league season, although in completely different ways than Malaga. Chory Castro was the match-winner for the hosts, converting a 37th-minute penalty for the only goal of the game. Karim Benzema is expected to lead the line.
Malaga face challenging the free-scoring Los Blancos with a lengthy injury list, with veteran midfielder Recio and Venezuelan attacking duo Adalberto Penaranda and Juanpi Anor all unavailable.
Despite consistent speculation regarding the Welshman's future in Spain, his recent La Liga form has been inspiring; netting three goals and an assist in his last three outings.More news: President Trump Lashes Out Again at 'Slimeball' James Comey on Twitter
The assessment particularly frustrated Isco because Barcelona's stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in last season's Champions League - complete with its own contentious decisions - was "historic" in the eyes of the same reporter.
Zinedine Zidane left stars including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale out of his squad after Madrid survived a dramatic fightback by Juventus in midweek, with Marcelo and Toni Kroos named on the bench.
Zidane has never tasted defeat to Malaga during his tenure in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu dugout, and it looks highly unlikely that this weekend will be any different.More news: Highlights from former FBI Director James Comey's new book