Leaders Barcelona will hope for a swift and stylish return to winning ways against toiling Deportivo La Coruna.
The 2-2 draw with Real Madrid before the international break was no disaster for Blaugrana but it did blight their 100 per cent record, and with Atletico Madrid in hot pursuit a win is essential in Galicia.
El Clasico may have been two weeks ago but the fallout from it has dominated the build-up to this match, midfielder Andres Iniesta having to deny the club has compiled videos of Merengues defender Pepe's fouls.
“What must be clear is that we have never seen a video of Pepe. The evaluations that people make of Pepe, though, is another thing.”
Jose Luis Oltra's Depor are 18th, their bright start having dissipated with three consecutive defeats.
Lionel Messi could be rested after his international exertions with Argentina.
Kick off: Saturday October 20, 9.00 (BST)