As the year’s final international break draws to a close, club football makes it’s return to our television screens.
The fortnight confirmed which nations have secured their place in next summer’s European Championships, allowing clubs to focus on their final run of fixtures up until the Christmas break.
With everyone’s attention firmly back on LaLiga, the boys at the top of the table are still looking over their shoulder.
LaLiga returns to our television screens this weekend as Barcelona take on Leganes
Just two points separate first and fifth, with the league’s top four sides all winning on their last outing.
On Saturday, fans will be treated to a marathon of games as Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid all feature in back-to-back games.
To cap off matchday 14, Eibar will take on Alaves in a Basque derby while Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Getafe are all in action. Sportsmail takes a look at that, and the key fixtures to come…
Levante vs Mallorca – Friday, 8pm
The weekend’s action begins with a Friday night fixture on the east coast of Spain where Levante welcome Mallorca to Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.
Levante will be hoping their rollercoaster of a season takes an upward turn in the run up to Christmas after they suffered a 2-1 defeat by Bilbao before the teams went away on international duty.
It came just a week after they made amends for their disappointing defeat to Espanyol by superbly seeing of champions Barcelona in a 3-1 win.
Mallorca have also had their own impressive results this season after they beat Zinedine Zidane’s Real side back in October.
However, Robert Sarver’s men are yet to pick up a single point away from their Son Moix stadium this season.
LaLiga’s weekend action kicks off when Levante play Mallorca at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia
Leganes vs Barcelona – Saturday, 12pm
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez return from the international break as team-mates after the pair went toe-to-toe in a gripping clash between Argentina and Uruguay.
The duo both scored in the ill-tempered 2-2 draw, as Suarez outshone the Argentine for a change by scoring a delightful free kick before Messi responded by scoring a penalty.
While the two South American giants looked well-matched in their draw, the same can’t be said for the midday kick-off at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque where basement-boys Leganes welcome LaLiga leaders Barcelona.
Leganes have registered just one win so far this season and the rot looks set to continue this weekend.
However, Javier Aguirre’s men can take inspiration from the fact that they did win this same fixture 2-1 last season.
Top of the table Barcelona take on LaLiga’s basement boys Leganes on Saturday lunch-time
Granada vs Atletico Madrid – Saturday, 5.30pm
Granada’s dream start to the campaign has taken a slight dip in recent weeks after they suffered three straight defeats, leaving them eighth in the table and five points adrift of Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid will be happy to welcome back record-signing Joao Felix after the Portuguese starlet spent a month on the sidelines out injured.
Diego Simeone’s side are in desperate need of goals, having scored just 15 of them this season.
His return is amplified by the news that Diego Costa is set for a three-month lay-off after the striker had surgery on his back.
Joao Felix makes his return from injury as Atletico Madrid take on Granada on Saturday
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad – Saturday, 8pm
The pick of this weekend’s games is under the lights at the Bernabeu where second-place Real Madrid host fifth-place Real Sociedad.
Just two points separate the two teams going into the encounter with a win for the visitors propelling them above Zidane’s side.
There’s extra spice in the tie, too, as Martin Odegaard will line up against his parent club.
The Norway starlet told Madristas that he wouldn’t celebrate if he scored this weekend as he looks to recover from his recent ankle injury.
‘Playing against Real Madrid is a special match, but I want to play every game,’ he said.
‘If I score at the Bernabeu, I won’t celebrate. If I score against La Real in the future, I won’t either.’
Martin Odegaard will be eligible to play against Real Madrid for Real Sociedad this weekend
Eibar vs Alaves – Sunday, 3pm
Sunday afternoon sees an all-Basque clash as Eibar take on neighbours Deportivo Alaves – who hail from the city of Vitoria just 30 miles away.
When it comes to derbies against Basque teams, the hosts had one of the best records last season after they won nine points from such fixture with only Bilbao winning more.
Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar is unbeaten in five meetings against this weekend’s counterpart Asier Garitano – having won four and drawn once – and have lost once in six games against Alaves.
The hosts will be wary of Alaves’ Lucas Perez who equalled his best scoring run after netting in seven consecutive appearances.
The former West Ham man scored from the spot against Real Valladolid in a 3-0 win and a goal against Eibar will set the new record.
Sunday’s action kicks off with Espanyol against Getafe, who have steadily climbed the table with just one defeat in their last five league games.
Elsewhere, Osasuna take on local rivals Athletic Club in what is likely to be a typically tight and passionate derby while Celta Vigo visit free-scoring Villarreal.
Valladolid, who are unbeaten in five games, host fourth-place Sevilla who are a point adrift Barcelona and Real Madrid.