Barcelona will face the biggest challenge of their season so far when they visit the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.
The Blaugrana have a perfect record of nine wins out of nine in all competitions since losing the Supercopa de Espana but have not played either Madrid club since.
They will make the trip to Atleti's new digs for the first time looking to put nine points between themselves and Diego Simeone's men.
|Game||Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona|
|Date||Saturday, October 14|
|Time||19:45 BST / 14:45 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football or by stream via Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Football||Sky Go|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|beIN Sports||beIN Sports Connect|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Defenders||Godin, Luis, Savic, Lucas, Juanfran, Gimenez|
|Midfielders||Thomas, Koke, Saul, Carrasco, Gabi, Gaitan|
|Forwards||Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro|
Simeone has already named his 18-man squad, which is listed above.
Sime Vrsaljko is unavailable due to a hamstring problem and Diego Costa will not be able to play until January, but otherwise the Argentine has a full complement at his disposal.
Augusto Fernandez will not be involved as he builds up his fitness after a serious knee injury, while Luciano Vietto has struggled to impress of late and misses out.
Potential starting XI: Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Godin, Luis; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro.
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Cillessen|
|Defenders||Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen|
|Midfielders||Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes|
|Forwards||L. Suarez, Messi, Deulofeu, Alcacer,|
Ousmane Dembele, Arda Turan and Rafinha all remain sidelined for Barcelona.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will almost certainly start up front despite their exertions this week in World Cup qualification, but who joins them up top is up for debate.
Sergi Roberto could be handed a more advanced role away from home but Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu are also options.
Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Roberto, Messi, L. Suarez.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Barcelona are 7/5 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Atletico priced at 2/1 and the draw available at 23/10.
Ernesto Valverde could not have hoped for a much better start to his time in charge of Barcelona, but a tough month awaits.
The Blaugrana will play seven games over the next 20 days before the November international break, with the Champions League back on their schedule and the Copa del Rey soon to get underway.
In La Liga, Barca have this trip to Atletico Madrid and another difficult one in Bilbao at Athletic Club. They also play Sevilla at home.
They will hope to rotate to a certain extent, at least, in a winnable European double-header against Olympiakos and in that first cup tie against Real Murcia, who play at a lower level than their B team.
It will be particularly interesting to see how Lionel Messi is handled after some of the most trying - but in the end, brilliant - international games of his career.
Valverde will be relieved, at least, that his star man has avoided another round-the-world trip for an inter-confederation play-off next month.