Good evening, and welcome to our coverage of the final La Liga fixture of the year, and indeed the decade.
The arithmetic for hosts Real Madrid is simple tonight: they are second in La Liga, three points behind Barcelona, so anything less than a victory and Barcelona will top the table at Christmas outright.
After the age-old rivals drew 0-0 last Wednesday, Barcelona got back on the horse with a 4-1 home win against AlavÃ©s yesterday. Their goal difference is now five better than Madridâs, so it would take a hefty home win for Real to sit at the summit in a few hoursâ time. But three points for Madrid will keep the requisite pressure on BarÃ§a, Lionel Messi and his boss Ernesto Valverde in the scrap for the league title.
In-form Athletic Bilbao have an incentive of their own, of course. Having won their past three league encounters they sit eighth in the table. A fourth straight win would take them level on points with sixth-placed Getafe, and well set for qualification for Europe.
Iâm looking forward to it - arenât you? Kick-off is at 8pm GMT. Team news coming up very soon.