Back from the brief winter break and it's still super tight at the top of La Liga with Barcelona and Real Madrid tied on 40 points at the halfway mark. Spanish Super Cup finalists Atléti hover just behind on 35 points alongside perennial contenders Sevilla who travel to the Bernabéu in Week 20 for what could easily turn out to be one of the most significant games of the season on Saturday.
Barça host 10th-placed Granada in the Sunday evening game with new manager Quique Setién in charge for the first time. Aged 61, the former Spain international and Betis and Las Palmas coach will likely seek to underline the Catalans' technical and possession-based ethos. The southerners will need something special to get anything in this one.
Earlier in the day, Celta will travel to Bilbao for what should be an intense and competitive fixture. With the home side just outside the European spots and the away side just above those for relegation, it's likely to feel like a battle to the death.
Espanyol are still very much glued to the bottom of the table. The 'other Barcelona team' will be lucky to get anything when they head down the coast to face a resurgent Villarreal who'll be looking to making it four wins out of four on Sunday at 3pm. Plenty to look out for this weekend, then.
Barça, who won their 26th Spanish title last season, have strengthened again as they attempt to reassert their dominance in Europe as well as domestically. Antoine Griezmann arrived at Camp Nou following a €120m move from Atlético, joining another big-money signing in former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
That only makes things tougher for Real Madrid, who struggled last season without the goals and influence of Cristiano Ronaldo and finished third, 19 points off the top.
They've responded by reinstating Zinédine Zidane as manager, who won three consecutive UEFA Champions League finals in his first spell, and building a new squad of Galacticos led by the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy. So far it appears to be paying off.
But let's not write off Simeone's Atléti for some success. Last season's runners up, who replaced Griezmann well with Benfica's João Félix, have strengthened elsewhere despite a number of outgoings.
If you want to watch it all unfold over the next seven months – whether that be on your TV, laptop, smartphone or tablet – we've got you covered. Simply scroll down to find the best option for you, sit back and enjoy.
Watch La Liga matches in the UK and Republic of Ireland
It looked like there would be no deal in place for La Liga to be broadcast in the UK or Republic of Ireland, for what would be the first time in decades. That was until ITV announced it had bought rights at the last minute, with a combination of live matches and highlights to be shown free of charge on its main channel and ITV4.
Those live rights have since been transferred to Premier Sports, which announced a three-year deal in September, though ITV will continue to offer highlights.
All of these La Liga games can now be found on Virgin Media on the recently announced LaLigaTV channel in HD on channel 554. It's available to all Premier Sports customers but any Virgin Media subscriber can sign up for £9.99 per month through their on-screen service - Home > Apps & Games > All Apps > TV Channel Upgrades on the remote. The bundle includes Premier Sports 1 HD (CH 551) and Premier Sports 2 HD (CH 552) as well.
Home also to Italy's Serie A, Premier Sports is available to Sky TV customers for £11.99 per month, or a £99 annual charge, and has an online player available for the same monthly charge or for an £89 lump sum.
Choose your Premier Sports package on its website, here.
Watch La Liga matches from abroad using a VPN
Trying to access ITV streams from outside the UK or ROI – if you're on holiday or working abroad, for example – is still a problem. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a national of one of these countries.
So, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch live football, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then they’re well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of the world's broadcasters with rights to show live Liga football here.
Watch La Liga matches in the USA
Rights to show La Liga matches in the USA – alongside coverage of France's Ligue 1 and UEFA cup competitions – belong to beIN Sports. It is quite easily bolted on to your existing cable package and includes the Connect service for watching games live on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or Roku box.
The Basic package costs just $10 a month, and includes the main beIN Sports channel as well as beIN Sports 7, 8 and 9 – all in HD – alongside a range of entertainment services.
Its dedicated Sports package will set you back $25 a month, giving you all the benefits of the Basic tier, plus beIN Sports channels 1 through to 16 – again all in HD – as well as its basketball service, beIN Sports NBA.
Two other tiers are also available – Premium at $30 a month and Elite at $45 – for various movie and entertainment add-ons to your full sports package.
The former is a dedicated sports platform, which offers a $45-per-month package including beIN Sports and its Spanish sister channel alongside a range of other sports, film and entertainment services. You can boost your channel list from around 80 to more than 100 – including beIN Sports 2 to 10 – for an extra $5 a month with fubo EXTRA. It also offers a free seven-day trial, for which you can sign up via the fuboTV website.
Sling TV offers a less comprehensive package of beIN Sports channels, but can save you a bit of money. It comes via the Sports Extra package, which is a bolt-on to Sling's entertainment-focussed Orange and Blue services – each of which costs $25 a month, or $40 together.
Adding Sports Extra to your Orange package will set you back an extra $5 per month, offering access to beIN Sports as well as ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Stadium, Outside TV, Motorsport TV and Univision TDN.
It's more expensive to add to the Blue tier – $10 each month – but you'll get extra sport from NFL RedZone, NBA TV, NHL Network, NBC Golf, PAC 12 Network and The Olympic Channel.
You can choose your packages and get a free seven-day trial from the Sling TV website.
La Liga highlights
Here's a list of games that will be shown live by Premier Sports. All fixture times shown in GMT.
Leganes vs Getafe, 8pm - Friday 17th
Levante vs Alaves, 12pm - Saturday 18th
Real Madrid vs Sevilla , 3pm - Saturday 18th
Osasuna vs Valladolid, 5.30pm - Saturday 18th
Eibar vs Atletico Madrid, 8pm - Saturday 18th
Mallorca vs Valencia, 11am - Sunday 19th
Real Betis vs Real Sociedad, 1pm - Sunday 19th
Villarreal vs Espanyol, 3pm - Sunday 19th
Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo, 5.30pm - Sunday 19th
Barcelona vs Granada, 8pm - Sunday 19th