When the first round of fixtures is completed this weekend, anyone still holding out hopes for excitement at the top of La Liga will have needed Malaga to do what they have done so often already this season—win a big game.
They welcome Barcelona to Andalucia on Sunday evening. Unbeaten Barcelona.
Everything that was evident when AC Milan and then Real Madrid were beaten at La Rosaleda will need to be on show again if Manuel Pellegrini's men are to take Barcelona's unbeaten La Liga record in this weekend's must-see match.
Some of the key battles are assessed over the next few slides.