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Summary

  1. Real lose league game for first time this season
  2. Barcelona three points clear at top
  3. Last game for Real before El Clasico on 21 Nov

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    What a day of drama at the top of La Liga. Neymar's second goal in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Villarreal was a moment of beauty. Then Sergio Ramos scores a spectacular goal for Real Madrid, who then go on to lose for the first time in the league. Cancel all plans on 21 November. El Clasico is not to be missed. Until then...

  2. Post update

    Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid

    What does this result do for Sevilla? Unai Emery's side started the day closer to the relegation zone than the top but the Europa League champions climb three places to 10th on the back of this result.

  3. Post update

    Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid

    Rafael Benitez gestures

    So, Barcelona open up a three point lead at the top of the table ahead of their trip to the Bernabeu on 21 November. Rafael Benitez has his work cut out during the international break. The trouble is many of his players will be away with their countries.

  4. FULL-TIME

    Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid

    Sevilla FC players celebrate

    Fantastic night for Sevilla. A thoroughly deserved win. Real Madrid will go into El Clasico on the back of their first defeat of the La Liga season.

  5. GOAL - Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid

    James Rodriguez

    James Rodriguez

    Is the comeback on? James Rodriguez reduces the deficit with a low shot. Seconds remaining.

  6. Post update

    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    Ole, ole, ole...Sevilla's fans are in party mood as the clock ticks down.

  7. Post update

    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    James Rodriguez

    Three additional minutes.

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  9. Post update

    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    Rafael Benitez gestures

    Has anyone spotted Cristiano Ronaldo? I can't remember a game where he has made so little impact. Sevilla are cruising to the finishing line. 

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    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    Five minutes for Real Madrid to find two goals to preserve their unbeaten league start. It's not looking good for Rafa...

  11. Post update

    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo looks down

    They've already beaten Barcelona at home and now they're on the cusp of sending Real Madrid crashing to a first league defeat. This will be Sevilla's fourth successive home win in La Liga. Their domestic season is coming together nicely after a poor start.

  12. Post update

    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

  13. Post update

    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale

    Too many Real players have had an off day. Ronaldo and Bale have hardly got going this half while the back four, so strong this season, has been woeful.

  14. Post update

    Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    Absolutely no sign of a comeback from Real. Indeed, Sevilla look as though they might add to their lead. 

  15. GOAL - Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid

    Fernando Llorente

    Fernando Llorente celebrates

    Is Real Madrid's reign at the top of La Liga over? Suicidal defending allows Fernando Llorente to head home unmarked from six yards. Rafael Benitez's side are staring at their first league defeat.

  16. Post update

    Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo reacts

    Twenty minutes remaining. The home crowd have already started celebrating. Far too early for all that. Cristiano Ronaldo has been anonymous for most of this but is starting to pepper the Sevilla goal.

  17. Post update

    Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid

    Let's take a look at the 'as it stands' table. If the score stays like this Barcelona will go into the international break with a three points lead at the top.

  18. Post update

    Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid had only conceded four goals in 10 La Liga games before this. They've conceded two in the space of 25 minutes against Sevilla.

  19. GOAL - Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid

    Banega

    Ever Banega celebrates

    What a turnaround. Sevilla were on the ropes in the first half but now it's unbeaten Real Madrid who are on the floor.

    Another cleverly worked goal sends the hosts into a deserved lead, Yevhen Konoplyanka the architect with Ever Banega providing the low close range finish.

  20. Post update

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Grzegorz Krychowiak

    Attack, attack, attack...Steven Nzonzi fires an excellent cross into the Real area and Ciro Immobile fancies another stab at glory. This time it goes horribly wrong for the Sevilla striker. He had options either side of him in better goalscoring positions.

  21. Post update

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Remember when Real were bossing this? It already seems a long time ago. This game is on a knife-edge and is doing little for Rafael Benitez's nerves. The Real Madrid boss is pacing his technical area with a concerned look on his face. 

  22. Post update

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo has had few chances so far. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad for Sevilla. Surely an opportunity is going to fall his way before the final whistle.

  23. Post update

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Lively start by Sevilla who are carrying on from where they left off in the first half. Pepe makes a vital block from Vitolo as the hosts, roared on by a partisan crowd, look to go ahead for the first time.

  24. KICK-OFF

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Portuguese defender Pepe

    All to play for. We're back under way.

  25. Post update

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Missed BBC Sport's interview with Cristiano Ronaldo?

    The Real Madrid striker says he is the best footballer in the world and comparable with the game's all-time greats.

    "I don't need to say 'I'm in the history of football, I'm a legend'. The numbers say everything," he said. 

    You can watch the interview on the BBC Sport website.

  26. HALF-TIME

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Excellent entertainment. Real Madrid were in control for most of the half but tyhe hosts have come roaring back. As it stands, Barcelona will be going into El Clasico two points ahead of Real at the top of the table.

  27. CLOSE!

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo controls

    This is a cracker. End to end, poor defending from both teams...there's more goals in this. Real survive another scare before powering forward through Casemiro who goes so close with a thumping drive.

  28. CLOSE!

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    How did he miss that?

    Eight-yards out Ciro Immobile somehow manages to miss the target after the ball bobbles towards him. Real have suddenly forgotten how to defend but how costly will that miss prove? A huge let off for the team that started the weekend on top of the table.

  29. Post update

    Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    You can bet that goal was celebrated loudly in the bars of Barcelona. For the first time in this match, Real have a battle on their hands. 

  30. GOAL - Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid

    Ciro Immobile

    Ciro Immobile

    Where did that come from? Sevilla have been on the back foot for most of this but find themselves level after Real switch off at a corner allowing Ciro Immobile to hook home from close range. The Italian takes his shirt off in celebration and is booked. He doesn't care and neither do Sevilla's fans.

  31. SUBSTITUTION

    Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid

    Sergio Ramos (down)

    Sergio Ramos can go on no longer. Having injured his shoulder while scoring, Ramos tries to carry on but is finally forced to concede defeat. On comes Raphael Varane.

  32. Post update

    Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale is getting closer and closer to marking his return with a goal. He forces another save with a long distance attempt. The visitors are bossing the Europa League champions.

  33. CLOSE!

    Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of Ramos's finish. A real beauty. But here come Sevilla. Benoit Tremoulinas whips in a terrific cross and it needs an interception from Pepe to prevent Ciro Immobile from equalising against the run of play.

  34. Post update

    Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale is presented with a great chance to double the lead but his shot is beaten away. Sevilla, to be frank, haven't turned up.

  35. GOAL - Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid

    Sergio Ramos

    Sergio Ramos kicks
    Sergio Ramos

    It's been coming. The only surprise is the source of Real Madrid's opener. Sergio Ramos produces a spectacular overhead kick to give his side the lead following a corner. He is hurt is the process and requires treatment to his shoulder. Another special goal after Neymar's brilliant effort for Barcelona earlier.

  36. Post update

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    A rare Sevilla counter but Sergio Ramos is at his best as he prevents Ciro Immobile from getting his shot away.

  37. Post update

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    One way traffic. Wave after wave of Real pressure. Surely this isn't going to be goalless for much longer.

  38. PENALTY APPEAL

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale with another cross which appears to strike the arm of Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak. Real's players scream for a penalty but the referee is not interested. Sevilla are playing a dangerous game and are allowing Real's midfield to dominate.

  39. Post update

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    Impressive start by Rafael Benitez's side. Bright, sharp, lively and close to scoring. Sevilla are struggling to get out of their own half.

  40. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo cannot stop scoring against Sevilla and he almost has another to add to his collection with a shot deflected behind for a corner. Moments later Nacho rattles the woodwork with a fierce 20-yard strike. Real are well up for this.

  41. Another goal for Ronaldo?

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

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  42. Post update

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    Sevilla have spent the first five minutes conceding needless free-kicks. Here's another one which is whipped in by Bale. It comes to nothing. The hosts are on the back-foot in their own half.

  43. Post update

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real are playing in their change strip, a navy blue number. Gareth Bale is not holding back on his return. He's playing in the centre of attack and is making himself busy in the opening exchanges.

  44. KICK-OFF

    Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

    We're under way at a sell out Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

  45. 'Tough ground'

    Sevilla v Real Madrid (19:30 GMT)

    Sevilla fans
    Quote Message: It's a tough ground to go to, the home supporters really get behind their team. Sevilla are a side with a spectacular record over recent years, although they've always been one of the big teams." from Rafael Benitez Real Madrid manager
    Rafael BenitezReal Madrid manager
  46. Countdown to kick-off

    Sevilla v Real Madrid (19:30 GMT)

    The teams are on their way out...

  47. 'Crisis point'

    Moyes on the brink at Real Sociedad?

    Spanish football writer Andy West: "David Moyes's potential departure from the Anoeta has been a slow burning story for the last few weeks, but in the last couple of days it has started to accelerate quickly.

    "Sociedad, known throughout Spain as 'La Real', have made a poor start to the season, winning just twice (both away from home) and have nine points from their opening 11 games.

    "But the real crisis point arrived with Friday's defeat at Las Palmas, which quickly led to reports that the San Sebastian club's president Jokin Aperribay is poised to act and end Moyes's time at the club, perhaps even before the first anniversary of his arrival in Spain on Tuesday."

    Read more on the future of David Moyes on the BBC Sport website.

  48. Moyes on the brink?

    Elsewhere in La Liga, speculation is growing over the future of Real Sociedad boss David Moyes.

    The Scot's team are marooned near the bottom of La Liga and a limp performance in Friday's 2-0 defeat against lowly Las Palmas has left his future in serious doubt.  

    Reports in Spain on Saturday suggested Sociedad's board were meeting to discuss Moyes's position but, as of yet, there has been no announcement about the former Manchester United manager's future.

    David Moyes
  49. Top of La Liga

    Sevilla v Real Madrid

    Barcelona are three points clear at the top of La Liga courtesy of their 3-0 win over Villarreal earlier. Atletico Madrid, four points behind, move up to third after Antoine Griezmann's stoppage time winner against Sporting Gijon. Real will return to the summit with victory against Sevilla.

  50. Why Real should fear Sevilla

    Sevilla v Real Madrid (19:30 GMT)

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  51. Bale back for Real Madrid

    Sevilla v Real Madrid (19:30 GMT)

    Gareth Bale

    Big team news from Real Madrid. Gareth Bale is back in the starting line-up after injury. The Wales international has not played a full game for his club for two months because of a calf problem. Kiko Casilla starts in goal.

    Real Madrid XI:Casilla, Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Casemino, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Ronaldo, Bale.

    Sevilla include former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi.

    Sevilla XI: Rico, Mariano, Rami, Andreolli, Tremoulinas; Krychowiak, N'Zonzi, Vitolo, Banega, Kono, Immobile.

  52. Can Real return to the top?

    Sevilla v Real Madrid (19:30 GMT)

    You will be hearing an awful lot more about Neymar's goal but now we are going to concentrate on Real Madrid in their final match before the first El Clasico of the season on 21 November.

    Rafael Benitez's team need to win to ensure they start top of the table when Barcelona visit in 13 days time.

  53. Stunner

    Sevilla v Real Madrid (19:30 GMT)

    Welcome back. Got your breath back after that brilliant Neymar goal? Not heard about? Well, don't worry. You can see pictures of it on the BBC Sport website. Trust me, it's well worth a look.

    Neymar
  54. More Ronaldo magic?

    Sevilla v Real Madrid (19:30 GMT)

    Anything Lionel Messi can do, so too Cristiano Ronaldo. Or so it seems. But can Ronaldo warm up for El Clasico by scoring a goal as special as the one Barcelona's Neymar did earlier?

    We're about to find out...

    Cristiano Ronaldo
  55. Back at 19:00 GMT

    Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

    So, that's part one of Sunday's double La Liga live text over. We're back at 19:00 GMT for build-up of Real Madrid's game at Sevilla. Will we see a goal as good as Neymar's in that game? 

  56. 'Spectacular'

    Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

    Brazilian forward Neymar

    This is how Barcelona's Twitter account described Neymar's spectacular second goal...

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  58. Brilliant Neymar

    Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

    Luis Suarez

    So, Barcelona will go into El Clasico on the back of four straight La Liga wins after a convincing second half display capped by Neymar's brilliant goal.

    What an astonishing finish by the Brazilian, who now has 11 league goals to his name this season.

  59. FULL-TIME

    Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

    Barcelona pull three points clear at the top of La Liga - if only for a few hours.

  60. Post update

    Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

    Neymar

    Who needs Lionel Messi when Neymar can finish like that. 

  61. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

    Villarreal are desperate for the final whistle. Luis Suarez so close to his side's fourth goal. Seconds remaining...

  62. 'Genius'

    Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

  63. GOAL - Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal

    Neymar

    Neymar

    Outrageous. Absolutely outrageous. Neymar take a bow. Forget goal of the game, that could be goal of the season. The brilliant Brazilian seals the points from just inside the area after an audacious flick and volleyed finish on the turn. Trust me, you willl be hearing a lot about that. Magnificent.

  64. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Sergi Roberto

    Surely this is 3-0? The ball runs loose for Sergi Roberto, unmarked and in acres of space on the edge of the area, but he fires wildly over the bar.

  65. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    There's a festival feel inside the Nou Camp. Drums are being banged, lots of clapping, cheering. Barcelona are warming up for El Clasico with a deserved win.

  66. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Luis Suarez

    Toe poke from Luis Suarez brings a smart save. It's not a question of if Barcelona will win this. More of question of by how many.

  67. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Exhibition stuff from the hosts now. Remember the earlier nerves and frustration? All gone. Villarreal are being forced to defend in numbers.

  68. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Luis Suarez

    Barca have scored 24 league goals this season. Luis Suarez (9) and Neymar (10) have 19 of them.

  69. GOAL - Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Luis Suarez (penalty)

    Luis Suarez celebrates

    La Liga goal number nine for Luis Suarez, who sends the keeper the wrong way. Barcelona are going top of the table.

  70. PENALTY TO BARCELONA

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    What is Jaume Costa thinking? The Villarreal defender clatters into Munir El Haddadi just inside the Villarreal penalty area and the referee is left with no choice but to point to the penalty spot.

  71. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Roberto Soldado

    Villarreal are by no means out of this. The visitors have been excellent defensively for most of this and they are lightning quick on the counter.

  72. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    End to end. After Andres Iniesta is denied by a smart block, Villarreal pour forward and Gerard Pique is booked for hauling down Denis Suarez. Yellow shirts crowd round the referee demanding a red card.

  73. GOAL - Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Neymar

    Neymar

    What did I just say? Something special to unlock Villarreal's defence? Step forward Neymar whose clinical low finish after a brilliant defence-splitting Sergio Busquets pass brings relief to the Nou Camp. Barca have their noses in front.

  74. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Luis Suarez

    Let's be clear. Barcelona's 100% winning home record in the league this season is in jeopardy here. There's another 30-odd minutes to go but Barca are struggling to get behind a well drilled defence. It is going to need something special to win this. Another Barca corner and an easy catch by the keeper. More frustration from the crowd.

  75. Get Involved

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  76. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    One big worry for Barca is that they are getting drawn into too many rows with the referee. This game is getting more bad tempered by the minute and the official is not helping with one or two questionable decisions.

  77. GREAT SAVE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Dani Alves

    Oh so close to the breakthrough. Dani Alves looks certain to score at the back post but Alphonse Areola produces a fine close range save to block his attempt. More frustration for the hosts.

  78. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Ugly start to the second half. Luis Suarez and Neymar are booked in quick succession - both for dissent after the referee ignores Barca pleas for a free-kick. Jeers echo around the Nou Camp.

  79. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Barcelona need one goal to go above Real Madrid. Can they unlock Villarreal's defence? We're back under way.

  80. Garcia scores Bilbao winner

    One match has already finished in La Liga today. Athletic Bilbao secured a 2-1 home win over Espanyol, former Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia scoring the winner.

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  81. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

  82. Post update

    A reminder that we will bring you live text commentary of Real Madrid's game at Sevilla later. That match kicks-off at 19:30 GMT. Build-up starts at 19:00 GMT.

  83. HALF-TIME

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Boos around the Nou Camp as Barcelona head for the dressing room. They need to up their game if they are to win this.

  84. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Great chance for Villarreal after a mistake in the Barca defence. Samu Castillejo only needs to lift the ball over the advancing keeper to put the visitors ahead but opts to fire straight at Claudio Bravo, who saves.

  85. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Denis Suarez

    So far so good for Villarreal, who are showing why they are fifth in the La Liga table. Barcelona are being made to work hard. First signs of frustration from the crowd is heard as half-time approaches.

  86. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    It's getting a bit tetchy out there. Villarreal defender Mario Gaspar can count himself unfortunate to be booked after running across Neymar. The Barcelona player looked as though he made a meal of that.

  87. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Roberto Soldado has sight of the Barcelona net. Home defenders are backing off and the former Tottenham striker pulls the trigger 25 yards out. That's not a bad effort at all as the ball whistles narrowly wide.

  88. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Neymar

    A yellow brick wall on the edge of the Villarreal penalty area is doing a good job at frustrating the hosts. One thing's for sure, Barcelona are going to have to work hard to earn these three points. More cutting edge needed by the hosts.

  89. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Credit to Villarreal, They haven't come to the Nou Camp to defend. The trouble is they are leaving themselves badly exposed when they concede possession.

  90. GREAT SAVE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Surely it's only a matter of time before the European champions take the lead. A fine stop from Alphonse Areola leaves Andres Iniesta frustrated after a brilliant break. Barca are pouring forward now.

  91. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Sergio Roberto of FC Barcelona

    Barcelona are beginning to stamp their authority. And not before time. Villarreal's keeper makes a fine stop to prevent an own goal after a period of home pressure. Neymar slips a defender before forcing another save. Plenty of promise but no end product...yet.

  92. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    That's more like it.

    A cross by Luis Suarez is only half cleared and the ball falls to Dani Alves whose shot is heading for the net before Jonathan dos Santos deflects it behind for a corner.

  93. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Neymar

    Are Barca tired after their midweek Champions League exploits? Are they saving themselves for El Clasico? Almost 20 minutes in and they have yet to register a shot on target.

  94. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Another Villarreal break. Denis Suarez, the former Manchester City and Barcelona B midfielder, is at the heart of the move but it breaks down after a stray pass inside the home area. Shaky start by the hosts. Their opponents, in contrast, are sharp and alert.

  95. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Unusually quiet start by Barca. We've seen this before...and they have gone on to coast to victory.

  96. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    You can't miss Villarreal. They're wearing their traditional bright yellow shirts and they are certainly not here to make up the numbers. The visitors have won six of their first 10 La Liga games and they carve up an early opening as the ball is fed to Roberto Soldado who looks to be clean through before an offside flag brings a promising move to an end.

  97. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Barcelona are bossing early possession but have been unable to test Villarreal's keeper in the opening exchanges. Luis Suarez is prodding and probing on the edge of the opposition penalty area and wins a free-kick after a foul by Victor Ruiz. It comes to nothing.

  98. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

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  99. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona 0-0 Villarreal

    Will Barcelona make it four La Liga wins in a row before El Clasico? Can Villarreal record their first league win over Barca since March 2008? We're under way.

  100. Countdown to kick-off

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

    There's absolutely no sign of any rain or wind in Barcelona. In fact it's a sunny day with blue skies over the Nou Camp. Here come the teams...

  101. 'Mini Clasico'

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

    'Mini Clasico' is how Spanish national daily sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo is labelling today's game at the Nou Camp. 

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  102. Rollercoaster season

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

    Two days before a big league game you might expect a manager to wrap his players in cotton wool. Not Louis Enrique.

    On Friday the Barcelona boss "surprised" his players and their families with a day out at a nearby theme park. 

    "The coaching staff’s philosophy holds that unconventional days like these are part of the team’s training," said a statement on Barcelona's website.

    I wonder if it will catch on in the Premier League? 

  103. Villarreal at a glance

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

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  104. Messi close to come back?

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

    Will Lionel Messi be back in time for El Clasico? 

    The Barcelona goal machine is recovering "very well" from his knee injury, according to boss Luis Enrique. 

    Asked how Messi's recovery was going, Enrique said on Saturday "Very well. Is that too short an answer? With Messi we're much stronger, no doubt about it, but we have a great team and lots of resources -- we've taken a step forward. Behind it all is some serious hard work."

  105. Back in the groove

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

    Roberto Soldado might have struggled to justify his £26m price tag at Tottenham but the 30-year-old Spanish striker appears to be enjoying his game again now he is back in his homeland. Soldado, who began his career at Real Madrid, has scored four goals in 12 games since joining Villarreal from Spurs for a reported £7m in August. He sparked his side's 2-1 comeback win away to Dinamo Minsk in the Europa League on Thursday by equalising from the penalty spot.

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  106. Team news

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

    Keeper Claudio Bravo returns to the Barcelona side in place Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who was between the posts for the Champions League win over BATE Borisov in midweek.

    Barcelona XI: Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mathieu, Alba, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, El Haddadi Suarez, Neymar.

    Former Tottenham forward Roberto Soldado starts for Villarreal.

    Villarreal XI: Areola; Mario, Bonera, Víctor Ruiz, Jaume Costa, Jonathan, Bruno, Pina, Castillejo, Denis, Soldado.

  107. Can Barcelona go top?

    Barcelona v Villarreal (15:00 GMT)

    We'll be building up to Barca's match first. Luis Enrique's side will leapfrog Real at the summit, if only for a few hours, providing they sink the Yellow Submarine.

    Team news from the Nou Camp coming up.

  108. Neck and neck

    La Liga table

    Real Madrid and Barcelona are level on points at the top of La Liga, just the way we like it before the two giants are due to meet.

    The two superpowers both have tricky tests to negotiate before they lock horns.

    Barcelona host fifth-placed Villarreal (15:00 GMT) before Real's unbeaten league start is put to the test at Sevilla (19:30 GMT).

  109. Calm before El Clasico storm

    Scarves

    It's one of the greatest occasions in the sporting calendar. The global television audience will be colossal, the stakes sky high and the hyperbole off the scale.

    One of the biggest club fixtures in world football is 13 days away but the countdown to Real Madrid against Barcelona is already under way.

    The La Liga rivals, neck and neck at the top of the table with only goal difference separating the two, have one last opportunity to send out a message of intent to their arch enemy before hostilities resume after the international break at the Bernabeu on 21 November. 

    It's the calm before the El Clasico storm.