The El Clasico pair are tied on 81 points each, with Barca at the top of the standings due to their superior head-to-head record but having played a game more.
Any slip in results could be fatal for either team as the championship race rushes to its conclusion in the coming weeks.
Here are the next week of fixtures from Spain's top division:
|2017 La Liga: Latest Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions|
|Friday, May 5||Sevilla vs. Real Sociedad||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||2-1|
|Saturday, May 6||Sporting Gijon vs. Las Palmas||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||1-1|
|Saturday, May 6||Atletico Madrid vs. Eibar||BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||2-1|
|Saturday, May 6||Barcelona vs. Villarreal||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||3-1|
|Saturday, May 6||Granada vs. Real Madrid||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||2-4|
|Sunday, May 7||Alaves vs. Athletic Bilbao||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||2-2|
|Sunday, May 7||Valencia vs. Osasuna||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||2-0|
|Sunday, May 7||Deportivo La Coruna vs. Espanyol||BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||1-1|
|Sunday, May 7||Malaga vs. Celta Vigo||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||2-0|
|Monday, May 8||Leganes vs. Real Betis||Sky Go (UK), BeIN Sports Connect (U.S.)||1-0|
Barcelona vs. Villarreal
The resilience of Villarreal will provide Barca with a true test at the Camp Nou, but manager Luis Enrique is still fighting to taste title success in his final weeks in charge.
The coach will be desperate to retain the La Liga crown as the Blaugrana watch on with envy as the Madrid clubs compete in the UEFA Champions League.
FourFourTwo reported Andres Iniesta is set to return to the first team after missing the local derby against Espanyol through injury.
Barcelona's official Twitter account provided footage of the midfielder back in training:
FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona
⚽️🏋️ FC Barcelona return to training as preparations for Villarreal match begin: https://t.co/6PwzffsNYo #FCBlive https://t.co/vuj913u84x2017-5-3 10:16:59
The Yellow Submarine's consistency has been superb this season, and they have deserved their fifth-placed position in La Liga.
Five victories in their previous six league matches prove they are finishing the campaign with purpose, and they will be highly motivated to stop Barca in their tracks on Saturday.
Prediction: Barca win 3-1
Granada vs. Real Madrid
Real know that because they have an inferior head-to-head record to Barca, they must continue to gain three points in every match until the end of the season to stay ahead of their rivals.
The team's continued participation in the Champions League will stretch resources in the Spanish capital, and there could be the temptation to rotate the first team.
Granada have suffered a painful campaign at the bottom end of the division, and a swift exit from La Liga is assured.
The hosts have won just four league games all season long and struggle to be a credible opponent at the highest level of the Spanish game.
Prediction: Real win 4-2