Can Espanyol haul themselves clear of the relegation zone?
Blanquiazules start the weekend just two places and one point above the drop zone, despite earning a credible point at Camp Nou on New Year’s Eve.
Joselu’s late penalty ensuring the Derbi barceloní ended all square; a much better point for the visitors.
Nevertheless, this means Diego Martínez’s side are now winless in six, only beating Valladolid since 4 September.
Despite this, Espanyol reached the Copa del Rey last 16 in mid-week, ousting Celta de Vigo 3-1 at home.
Javi Puado’s equaliser meant it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, before Sergi Darder and Nico Melamed were on target in extra time.
So, can the Catalan side take confidence from that cup win and translate it across to precious La Liga points?
Girona meantime are four points better off than their hosts, enjoying the relative serenity that comes with being 12th.
In the first La Liga game after the World Cup, Míchel’s men played out a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw with Rayo Vallecano.
Valentín Castellanos and Samuel Sáiz both converted penalties in that one at Montilivi.
Girona’s unbeaten streak has therefore extended to five games and, having been dumped out the Copa in an earlier round, have had nine days to prepare for this fixture.
This Saturday night clash at RCDE Stadium could go either-way.