Benzema returned to Madrid Thursday after spending Wednesday night in custody. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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James Rodriguez is also expected to make his first appearance in two months after he returned to the squad but was an unused substitute in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.The Andalusians were also outclassed by Manchester City 3-1 in the Champions League in midweek, but coach Unai Emery refused to accept that expectations should be tempered ahead of Madrid's visit.Barcelona can edge ahead of Madrid for a few hours at least when they host fifth-placed Villarreal at the Camp Nou earlier Sunday.The Catalans remain hopeful the Yellow Submarine's visit will be the last time they will be without Lionel Messi before he returns from knee ligament damage.However, the European champions have only dropped three points in his absence thanks to the superb form of Neymar and Luis Suarez, who have now scored 18 of Barca's last 21 goals after combining for all three in Wednesday's 3-0 cruise over Bate Borisov.
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