by JACK PRENTICE
Real Madrid go into their first match since the international break against Real Betis looking to end their worst run under manager Zinedine Zidane.
Real have failed to win any of their last four matches and despite opening the scoring at home to SD Eibar in their last match, they could share the spoils 1-1, making it five draws in succession.
Having left AEK Athens take over in the summer from Pepe Mel, Gus Poyet has had a shaky start in charge of Real Betis and the Seville side are 15th having taken eight points from seven games.
On paper, Atletico Madrid v Granada has only one winner but despite being top of the league, Atleti haven’t always done it the simple way.
The Rojiblancos began their season with a 1-1 draw at home to Alaves despite taking a 93rd minute lead before they fired blanks during a 0-0 draw with Leganes in the first, if not most significant, Madrid of the season.
If Atleti have been somewhat unpredictable this season, then the same cannot be said for Granada and their dismal start to the season.
The Andalusians have gained just two points from the first seven games this season and have already sacked manager Paco Jemez, who only joined from Rayo Vallecano in the summer.
Barcelona host Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday looking to bounce back from a 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo before the international break.
The second part of Barca’s Galician double-header sees them take on a side that has failed to win away this season, with Gaizka Garitano’s side sat 13th in La Liga.
Barcelona have won only one of their three home games this season having famously lost to Alaves before a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid, but Depor will need to improve on a goal tally of just five to keep that stat alive.
Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao are at home to Real Sociedad in the first Basque Derby of the season at the New San Mames.
Bilbao are just three points three points off top spot having made a solid start, something that in previous years has been their Achilles heel, while Sociedad are ninth and can leapfrog their neighbours with a win on Sunday.
Las Palmas v Espanyol
Leganes v Sevilla
Alaves v Malaga
Sporting Gijon v Valencia
Villarreal v Celta Vigo
Eibar v Osasuna