The first LaLiga Santander matches in October will take place this weekend, with some great posters on the program. The game that will get all the attention will be the one between Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona scheduled for Saturday.

This weekend kicks off on Friday with a Basque derby, with Athletic Club hosting D. Alavés in Bilbao. With the fans back in the stadiums, the derbies are getting back to their former glory and that will be the case in San Mamés. Local darling Iñaki Williams could also break a record for most consecutive matches played in top-flight Spanish football. He could live his 203rd consecutive La Liga game this weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, Radamel Falcao will want to reach the total of four goals in four games for Rayo Vallecano. The promoted excel at the start of the season and remains on three consecutive victories with a goal from the Colombian each time. But it will not be easy on the ground of CA Osasuna, a trip always complicated even if Rayo Vallecano are very confident at the moment.

A few mid-table fixtures will follow: RCD Mallorca will host Levante UD and Cádiz CF vs Valencia CF will take place at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla. These four teams haven’t seen victory in recent weeks, so they will want to take three points this weekend.

Then it will be the big shock Saturday night at 9 pm: Atlético de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Atleti’s 1-0 win over the Catalans last season thanks to a goal from Yannick Carrasco set them on the path to winning the LaLiga Santander title. Diego Simeone’s men will look forward to similar happiness this weekend and Antoine Griezmann could be the X factor against his former team-mates, especially as he has just scored his first goal for Atleti since his return. But Barca will also have their weapons, including the return of Ansu Fati who scored after a few minutes on the pitch. This poster really promises and could be important in the title race.

Five more games will follow on Sunday, with Elche CF vs RC Celta to start. Franjiverdes coach Fran Escribá will challenge his former club. The tactical battle promises to be interesting, with these two teams coming up with unique patterns this season.

At 4:15 p.m., Real Madrid, leaders of LaLiga, will move to the field of RCD Espanyol. Having won 15 of the last 16 games against the Catalan club, Los Blancos could revive after their European disappointment. Meanwhile, Espanyol attacking star Raul De Tomas will return to his childhood club.

Two matches will start at 6.30 p.m., with Getafe CF vs Real Sociedad and Villarreal CF vs Real Betis. Getafe, known as Los Azulones, will finally want to take a point after having chained seven defeats in seven days. They will challenge Real Sociedad, a team weighed down by injuries but still performing well. On the east coast, the Yellow Submarine will meet the Verdiblancos for a poster between Europeans. The squad depth could be significant and Algeria international Aïssa Mandi will be expected against his former club.

The last match of this day will be a regional derby. On Sunday night, Andalusia will be in turmoil with Granada CF against Sevilla FC. Granada is still on the hunt for the first victory of the Robert Moreno era. Last season, they beat Sevilla 1-0 and can build on those good memories to prepare for this derby.

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