Zinedine Zidane takes his first match in charge of Real Madrid when Los Blancos host Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday.
All eyes will be on the Frenchman after he replaced Rafa Benitez in Real's hotseat, and he'll be looking to make up ground on their rivals against a Deportivo side who have won just once in their last five league outings.
Barcelona will be hoping to get their title challenge back on track after three draws in their last four but should have little problem at home to lowly Granada.
Here is the schedule and live streaming information for the weekend, complete with picks for each match and a look at the players set to play a key role:
|Saturday, Jan. 9||3 p.m. (GMT) / 10 a.m. (ET)||Barcelona||4-0||Granada||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Saturday, Jan. 9||5:15 p.m. (GMT) / 12:15 p.m. (ET)||Sevilla||2-2||Athletic Bilbao||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Saturday, Jan. 9||5:15 p.m. (GMT) / 12:15 p.m. (ET)||Getafe||1-1||Real Betis||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Saturday, Jan. 9||7:30 p.m. (GMT) / 2:30 p.m. (ET)||Real Madrid||3-0||Deportivo La Coruna||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Saturday, Jan. 9||9:05 p.m. (GMT) / 4:05 p.m. (ET)||Levante||0-0||Rayo Vallecano||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Sunday, Jan. 10||11 a.m. (GMT) / 6 a.m. (ET)||Villarreal||3-0||Sporting Gijon||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Sunday, Jan. 10||3 p.m. (GMT) / 10 a.m. (ET)||Real Sociedad||1-2||Valencia||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Sunday, Jan. 10||5:15 p.m. (GMT) / 12:15 p.m. (ET)||Eibar||2-1||Espanyol||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Sunday, Jan. 10||5:15 p.m. (GMT) / 12:15 p.m. (ET)||Las Palmas||0-2||Malaga||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
|Sunday, Jan. 10||7:30 p.m. (GMT) / 2:30 p.m. (ET)||Celta Vigo||0-1||Atletico Madrid||Sky Go / beIN Sports Connect|
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
As betting company Bwin illustrated on Twitter, since Zidane's appointment, excitement has been building at the prospect of the Frenchman linking up with Cristiano Ronaldo:
"I want to perform with my players and win games, that’s it." Who's excited about a Zidane-Ronaldo partnership? pic.twitter.com/vpaks5Hszy— bwin (@bwin) January 5, 2016
Zidane has pledged to continue utilising Real's familiar front three of Ronaldo alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema and push his side to attack:
Zidane asked if he would stick with BBC as other coaches have: “Yes, I will play with the three attackers. That is the idea. Of course.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 5, 2016
Zidane: "Attacking football, but balanced, and nothing more. We will work to do as well as possible. The message is this."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) January 5, 2016
The Portuguese rarely looked comfortable under the tutelage of the pragmatic Benitez and, along with his fellow front men, put in a number of anonymous performances after being left isolated from the midfield in the final third.
Nevertheless, Ronaldo has still been able to contribute to an impressive number of goals in recent weeks, per OptaJose:
18 - @Cristiano Ronaldo has had a hand in 18 goals in his last 8 games (12 goals, 6 assists, all competitions). Sensational.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 3, 2016
Though it will probably take some time for Zidane to fully implement his ideas at the Bernabeu, the positive buzz surrounding his appointment will likely reinvigorate Los Blancos players—perhaps none more so than Ronaldo.
Deportivo have conceded just 18 goals in La Liga this season but have found wins hard to come by in recent weeks. Against a positive Real side and an in-form Ronaldo, it seems likely they'll be waiting at least another week to pick up another.
Arda Turan, Barcelona
After waiting months to register for Barca following his arrival in the summer, Arda Turan finally made his debut for the Blaugrana in Wednesday's fiery Catalan derby with Espanyol.
Despite being thrown in at the deep end, the Turkey international thrived in his new surroundings, according to Spanish football experts Sergi Dominguez and Rafael Hernandez:
Arda Turan did well despite playing against a very aggressive side + being out for several months. Hope to see Aleix in second half.— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) January 6, 2016
Great first half by Arda Turan, slotted nicely on Barça’s midfield. Spectacular to have great "interiors" on both sides of the pitch.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) January 6, 2016
Indeed, Hernandez believes Turan could be set to play an important role for Barca:
Considering how Turan’s work rate is as good as Rakitic, he’ll probably be the starter between them.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) January 6, 2016
After his strong 70-minute showing in the 4-1 win, he may well be set to start again on Saturday afternoon, where Barca will be hoping to put the pressure on their rivals with an early win.
With his incredible engine and work ethic adding further drive and dynamism to Barcelona's midfield and his ability to create chances for their attacking trident to capitalise on, Turan can not only play a key role in helping his new club get their league campaign back on track against Granada but will also be incredibly useful for the remainder of the season and beyond.