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Leaders Madrid head to Mallorca in La Liga Matchday 9

19:55 GMT+4 18/10/2019
Real Madrid celebrating 2019
Primera Division leaders Real Madrid head to Mallorca with chasing pack, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, close behind as La Liga returns

Following an eventful international break, the Primera Division returns this weekend with early leaders Real Madrid looking to continue from where they left off prior to the recess.

Madrid will make a trip to Mallorca on Saturday evening knowing that a slip-up could see either of Barcelona or Atletico Madrid leapfrog them at the top. Los Blancos won 5-0 in their last visit, October 2012, to the Balearic Islanders Island but an awful lot has changed since then.

They will also be without key men Toni Kroos, Lucas Vazquez, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

Ernesto Valverde's Barca head to northern Spain aiming for their sixth win of the season - fifth consecutive - to keep keep the pressure on the early pace-setters. 

Although given the ongoing Catalan protests, the Barcelona airport may be forced to close, meaning the defending champions could face a six-hour bus journey to Eibar.

Second placed Atleti will ho great rivals Valencia on Saturday afternoon looking to extend their unbeaten run in this fixture to five matches.

Elsewhere, newly promoted sides Granada and Osasuna will kick-off this weekend’s proceedings when they clash at the Nuevo Los Carmenes on Friday evening. 

Saturday afternoon brings a local derby to the south of the Spanish capital as Leganes make the short trip to Getafe’s Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The game should be especially significant for the home side’s Cameroonian defender Allan Nyom who made the short switch between the two sides last summer.

On Sunday, Deportivo Alaves will host RC Celta and Real Sociedad welcome Real Betis to San Sebastian.

Espanyol's newly appointed coach Pablo Machin will make his debut at the RCDE Stadium when his side host Villarreal.

After a fine start, Athletic Club have stumbled but will look to regain their momentum when they square off against a determined Real Valladolid side who have been picking up momentum through recent weeks.

The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan will host Match Day 9's last game where Sevilla host Levante with both sides having had impressive, if inconsistent, openings to their 2019/20 campaigns.

All matches will be live on Supersport 7.