MADRID, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Temporary Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari could be given the job on a permanent basis if his side win away to Celta Vigo on Sunday night in Matchday 12 of the Spanish La Liga Santander.
Real Madrid's 5-0 victory away to Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday means that Madrid have won all three games since Solari replaced the sacked Julen Lopetegui, scoring 11 goals into the bargain.
Although you could argue that Melilla (who they defeated in the Copa del Rey) and Plzen are not at the same level as Liga Santander sides, there is no doubt that Solari has brought confidence back to the side and the squad are in favor of him continuing at least until the end of the current season.
A win away to Celta in the last match before the international break would probably be enough to persuade the club to show faith in Solari, but they will have to be wary of a rival, whose attacking duo of Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez are capable of giving problems to any defense.
League leaders FC Barcelona also play on Sunday when they entertain Betis. The main doubt over Ernesto Valverde's team selection is whether Leo Messi will return to action three weeks after breaking the radial bone in his right arm.
Messi travelled with the side which drew 1-1 away to Inter Milan on Tuesday, but watched the game from the stands. Given that Barca have won all of their matches without their star player, Valverde has to decide whether he risks his star player or gives him another fortnight to recover.
Atletico Madrid entertain an Athletic Club Bilbao in crisis on Saturday afternoon. While Atletico were back to their best with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, their rivals lost 1-0 away to Espanyol on Monday night.
That defeat means a failure to win in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will see the Basque side set a new club record of 12 league games without a win. The news that Athletic President Josu Urrutia has called elections for December 27th will only add to the feeling of uncertainty around the club.
Arguably the most interesting game of the weekend is in the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, where third-placed Sevilla entertain Espanyol, who moved back into second with Monday's win over Athletic Club.
Expect a tight match with few chances between two supremely organized sides which will go a long way toward showing just how far they can go this season.
Other matches this weekend see a tough Levante at home to Real Sociedad who have much better result away from their Anoeta Stadium. Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar returns to face one of his former clubs as Eibar travel to play a very solid Valladolid, while Valencia will look to build on their Champions League win against Young Boys with three points from the always complicated visit to face Getafe.
A point for Leganes on their visit to play Girona could lift them out of the bottom three, depending on the result in the Wanda, while Alaves will fancy their chances at home to Huesca, who have yet to win under new coach Francisco.
Finally, Rayo Vallecano, who last week were just minutes away from beating Barca, search for their first home win of the season at home to Villarreal, whose coach Javier Calleja is still in danger of losing his job with his side just above the relegation zone.