Pre-season talk of a crisis now firmly behind then, Barcelona head into the final stages of the opening half of the campaign sitting comfortably at the top of La Liga after winning 12 of their first 15 matches.
A point at home to Deportivo this weekend will effectively confirm their status as top dogs heading into the winter hiatus, regardless of how their huge showdown with Madrid pans out in a little over a week’s time.
For now it is not the defending Spanish and European champions that manager Ernesto Valverde will be most concerned about, though, as Valencia and Atletico Madrid appear to the biggest threat to a seventh title in 10 years.
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Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Paulinho; Messi, L.Suarez
Deportivo: Martinez; Juanfran, Schar, Sidnei, Navarro; Guilherme, Borges; Gil, Colak, Lopez; Perez