After another uninspiring Champions League display in midweek, what will Atlético Madrid produce in this huge Saturday night clash?
On Wednesday evening, los Colchoneros could not find the breakthrough, so were held to a goalless draw by surprise group leaders Club Brugge at Cívitas Metropolitano.
Thus, Diego Simeone’s side have just four points on the board, possibly needing to beat both Bayer Leverkusen at home and then Porto at Estádio do Dragão to get through.
Back in La Liga, Atleti start the weekend fourth, after beating Girona 2-1 last weekend.
Ángel Correa bagging both goals, before Rodrigo Riquelme, against his parent club, got Girona back in it.
So, Simeone’s side have won four of their last six league outings, only losing to Villarreal and Real Madrid to date.
Sunday’s Clásico sees the top two go head-to-head, but there’s one more side above Atleti right now.
That would be Athletic Club Bilbao, who have been revitalised since Ernesto Valverde returned as manager in the summer.
Last weekend, they drew 1-1 with Sevilla at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, thanks to Mikel Vesga’s equaliser.
Before that though, the Lions had won three on the bounce, hammering Cádiz, Elche and Almería so far.
Athletic have already scored 4+ in three La Liga games this season, despite only managing this on six occasions in the previous six seasons combined.
So, Athletic Club will fancy their chances of a statement victory at San Mamés.