Four points have already been dropped by Real Madrid on home turf this season in just two games.
It is a strange and surprising figure for a side which has been as reliable as Los Blancos have under Zinedine Zidane of late.
On Saturday, Real followed up their 2-2 draw with Valencia before the international break by being held to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu against Levante.
In total, four points have eluded them against two Valencian teams which already leaves Los Blancos at the mercy of their rivals early in the campaign.
A victory on Saturday night for Barcelona in the Catalan derby would put Real four points behind their rivals after just three games, while they would be two behind Atletico Madrid if they pick up a win at the Mestalla.
Things don’t get any easier for Zidane’s men either as next up they face a difficult trip to Anoeta to take on Real Sociedad, who have won both their games so far.
A complicated period becomes even more difficult given that they are without the key suspended left flank duo of Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is exactly a year ago since Real went two straight games without winning when in September last year, they drew three successive games against Eibar, Las Palmas and Villarreal before quickly finding their feet once more.