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La Liga is back this weekend after the international break and Saturday could be a thrilling day, culminating in a top-of-the-table clash.

International weekends can do funny things and after stuttering into the break, the big teams need to find their feet again.

Top two take centre stage

Sevilla have been the surprise package so far this season, but face their toughest test yet when they travel to Barcelona in Saturday’s late game.

Los Rojiblancos beat Real Madrid 3-0 in September, a result that aided them in forging a one-point lead in the standings and they now face a side who have failed to win any of their last four games in the league.

Pablo Machin made his name in management at Girona but lost 6-1 when he took the Blanquivermell to the Nou Camp last season and his new club have not won at the ground in La Liga since 2002.

The home win beckons but holds no value at 1.36. However, Barca’s defensive woes – especially with injuries to Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto – suggests there could be goals and the Blaugrana to win and both to score, as was the case last season, is 1.95.

Look for a Madrid double

Earlier on Saturday, Real Madrid should bounce back from failing to win any of their last three by beating Levante, but the value bet is Atletico Madrid to win at Villarreal.

El Submarino Amarillo boss Javier Calleja is in trouble and Los Colchoneros can make things worse with a victory at 2.30.

Back Bilbao in Basque derby

Things have not gone to plan for Eduardo Berizzo at Athletic Bilbao, but a win on Sunday at Eibar will take his side back towards the top half.

The Argentine seems to be rebuilding Los Leones’ squad using youth and will be backing them to outthink their neighbours, who are organised but lack spark in attack.

Los Armeros continue to upset the odds by simply surviving but with Bilbao winning on their last two trips to the Ipurua, they are 2.80 to make it three in a row.