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Guaita frustrates Madrid ahead of derby

Real Madrid’s goalless draw against Valencia at the Bernabeu saw a fantastic display from the visitors keeper Guaita which cut the hosts’ lead to just four points and with their derby at the Vicente Calderon not due till a day after Barça’s game against Getafe, the pressure is really on Mourinho’s team. Atletico disappointed with a 2-0 defeat at Levante at the weekend and they are still stuck on 42 points in seventh, six behind Levante, who lie in fifth with 48.

Malaga go third

Despite their point at the Bernabeu, Valencia lost their third place spot to Malaga who beat Racing 3-0 on Monday night to go a point ahead. Isco, Cazorla and Van Nistelrooy were on target for Pellegrini’s team, whilst Racing were reduced to ten men after just three minutes when Francis was sent off. Malaga are away to Villarreal on Thursday, whilst Valencia host Rayo, who absolutely destroyed Osasuna on Saturday, winning 6-0 at Vallecas. The Pamplona outfit stay in sixth spot on 43 points – thanks to Atletico’s defeat and Bilbao’s 1-0 win over Seville – and will look to their generally good home form to bounce back when they play Espanyol – who are level with Atletico, Seville and Getafe on 42.

Bilbao looking to get back in the mix

Bilbao’s win was a welcome return to league form, with Llorente getting their winning goal, and they will be right back in the fight for a Europa League spot if they can win at Granada on Thursday. Granada themselves took a point from a goalless draw with Mallorca at the weekend and that could prove vital with all four clubs below them losing at the weekend. Villarreal are now three points behind Granada on 32 points after losing 3-1 at Betis, with Zaragoza on 28 and Racing and Sporting, who lost 2-0 at Getafe, on 25. Zaragoza are away to Seville on Thursday night, Sporting host Levante and Racing face what has to be a must win game at home to Mallorca.

The midweek round of games gets underway on Tuesday with Real Sociedad (37 points), who threw away a 0-2 lead at Espanyol to end 2-2 on Saturday, at home to Betis(38), with both teams looking for a win that would probably guarantee safety.

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