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makes us even more mo­ti­vated,” Ath­letic mid­fielder Be­nat Etxe­bar­ria told re­porters.

Ath­letic have only lost one home game in all com­pe­ti­tions, to cham­pi­ons Barcelona in Au­gust, and are set to wel­come back top scorer Aritz Aduriz to the start­ing line-up for the first time in over a month after the veteran re­cov­ered from in­jury.

Barca host Va­len­cia look­ing for a re­sponse from their sur­prise de­feat to De­portivo, which came four days after their sen­sa­tional 6-1 win over Paris St Ger­main in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Barca are also set to wel­come back Ney­mar, the hero of their amaz­ing sec­ond leg come­back, after a thigh prob­lem.

Sevilla are third in the stand­ings, hav­ing slipped five points be­hind Real with two con­sec­u­tive draws.

Their promis­ing sea­son fur­ther un­rav­elled on Tues­day with a 2-0 de­feat to Le­ices­ter City and elim­i­na­tion from the Cham­pi­ons League.

Jorge Sam­paoli’s side visit Atletico Madrid, who are fourth in the stand­ings and can cut the dis­tance with Sevilla down to two points with a win.

Eibar v Es­panyol (1200), Ath­letic Bil­bao v Real Madrid, Alaves v So­ciedad, Real Betis v Osasuna;

Le­ganes v Malaga, Atletico Madrid v Sevilla, Sport­ing Gi­jon v Granada, De­portivo v Celta Vigo, Barcelona v Va­len­cia. Reuters


Real Madrid goal­keeper Key­lor Navas.


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