For Malaga it is 14 points, for Real Madrid it is 18 points. The gap between their dreams and their reality has remained unbridgeable for almost the entire season and, as a result, Sunday's meeting is something of a dead rubber.
Valencia's defeat at Barcelona presents Los Blancos with the chance to reclaim third place at La Rosaleda however such an overtake would barely register on many of their fans' radars, and Zinedine Zidane is expected to rest many of his stars.
Cristiano Ronaldo will sit this one out after his penalty heroics in midweek and that exhausting squeeze past Juventus is to also allow time off for Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane.
In their stead, Achraf Hakimi and Theo Hernandez are to appear out of the reserves in Andalusia whereas Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic and Lucas Vazquez will convert their substitute outings on Wednesday into starts.
Furthermore, Karim Benzema is set to lead the line as Real's battle for attacking supremacy continues.
As for Malaga, they cannot be relegated this weekend but aren't far off, having won just one of their last 16 LaLiga matches.
A tight defeat at Deportivo La Coruna last time out served as yet another nail in their coffin before they attempt to secure a first win over Madrid since 2012.
Source : http://www.marca.com/en/football/real-madrid/2018/04/15/5ad312d646163fcf408b45ac.html259