Real Madrid look to stay hot in La Liga

The Bundesliga’s return highlights televised soccer from Europe this weekend while in Spain there’s a battle atop the table and in England, Liverpool plays a rematch against a desperate Manchester United, the sole team it hasn’t beaten this season.

La Liga: No team in Spain is hotter than Real Madrid (11-1-7), which was unbeaten in its last 10 league matches before knocking off both Valencia and Atletico Madrid in last week’s Spanish Supercopa. But all that has gotten the team maybe a tie with Barcelona atop the La Liga table heading into a home match with fourth-place Sevilla (10-4-5) on Saturday (BeIN Sports, 7 a.m. PST).

Real Madrid hasn’t lost in 12 matches while Sevilla — playing its first match since the season’s opening month without Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is near completion of a move to the Galaxy — is unbeaten in its last four. Real Madrid has won its last 10 consecutive league matches with Sevilla at Santiago Bernabeu, averaging 3.5 goals a game within the process.

As for first-place Barcelona (12-3-4), it plays mid-table Granada (8-8-3) reception Sunday (BeIN Sports, noon PST).