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The still pointless Osasuna and Espanyol have the chance to take their first wins with home games against Bilbao and Mallorca on Sunday, whilst third place Malaga open the weekend with a home game against Levante.

Madrid face Michel in Seville

Real Madrid kick off their game against Sevilla at ten on Saturday night and could find themselves going into it eight points adrift of Barça should Tito’s team take the points at Getafe. Mourinho is without the suspended Coentrao, with Essien in with a chance to start, whilst Michel could hand a debut league appearance to summer signing, French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. Summer may be coming to an end, but temperatures are expected to be about 29º when the game kicks off. Unbeaten Málaga are two points behind Barça and a win in their six o’clock kick off against Levante could see them go top, for a couple of hours at least  - a great boost ahead of their Champions League debut this week.

Osasuna and Espanyol look for first points

Mallorca are level with Málaga on seven points and on Sunday they make the trip to Pamplona, where Osasuna are still looking for their first points after three straight defeats. Espanyol have also lost all three so far and Pochettino will be hoping Bilbao’s defence, which conceded four in their last away game, proves to be equally generous at Cornellà- El Prat on Sunday.

Injury hit Valencia

Valencia are another side who are yet to take three points, though they drew at the Bernabéu and pushed Barça hard at the Camp Nou, and they will be looking for their first win against Celta on Saturday, but they will have to do so without midfielder Gago, who got a knock on the head in Argentina’s game against Peru and is still recovering in Buenos Aires. Piatti is also out with  a broken arm and Mathieu and Albleda are both injured for the game.

Falcao goal spree set to continue?

European Super Cup winners Atlético Madrid are at home on Sunday night to Rayo – currently fourth after two wins and a draw- with Radamel Falcao on fire up front after scoring eight goals in his last four games. It’s the first of two derby weekends for Rayo – who host Real Madrid next week – but keeper Dani Gimenez insists : “we have a boss who wants us to play the ball out from the back and we’ll try and stay true to that style”. In Sunday’s two other games, Real Sociedad and Zaragoza, both with just 3 points, meet in Donosti and Deportivo travel to Granada, who are third from bottom with just 1 point.

The weekend’s fixtures end on Monday when Betis travel to Valladolid.