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Last week's defeat in Pamplona may have knocked Levante off the top, but they still go into Saturday night's derby against Valencia with a 100% home record – as do Madrid, who play Osasuna at 12.00 on Sunday. At the other end of the table, Sporting travel to Zaragoza, whilst Racing are away to Granada.

Valencia derby

Levante are two points ahead of Valencia, who will be boosted by their midweek Champions League success, and with a 100% winning record at home, they are probably favourites against their bigger city neighbours, though the Levante President Francisco Catalan reckons: "Valencia are the favourites – but sometimes the little teams can beat the big boys."  Valencia playmaker Ever Banega is out for six weeks, whilst Levante will be without midfielder Nabil el Zhar.

Noon kick off in Madrid

Real Madrid are playing on Sunday lunchtime against Osasuna and will be without Kaka who picked up a knock against Lyon on Wednesday, though Turkish international Nuri Sahin is in the squad for the first time after being out injured since signing in the summer. Osasuna have yet to win on the road this season and will be without the suspended Cejudo and up to six injured players. Behind Valencia in fifth, Seville have now gone three games without a win and will hope to end that run when they kick off the weekend's action away to struggling Mallorca, themselves without a win in their last five. Malaga, a point behind Seville, also play on Saturday, travelling to Betis – who have lost all their last six games. Roque Santa Cruz is again out for Betis, whilst Ruud van Nistelrooy and Baptista are both missing for Malaga.

Six-pointers at the bottom

Four of the bottom six meet at four o'clock on Sunday, when Sporting travel to Zaragoza and Racing are at Granada. Racing and Granada both won last week and Sporting have taken seven points from their last three games, whilst in contrast, Zaragoza, a point above the other three, have lost their last three games. Getafe are a point behind Racing, Granada and Sporting  on seven and they entertain local rivals Atletico Madrid in a game they really need to take something from if they are to stop the slide that saw them take just three points in October.

Real Sociedad are the other team on eight points and they travel to Rayo, who have won just one game at home this season, while Real haven't won away since the first day of the season and have taken just one point from their last six games. In the weekend's other game, Espanyol are at home to Villarreal.

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