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Radamel Falcao / PHOTO: ATLÉTICO MADRID

Real Madrid are at home to Mallorca in what will be their 2,600th league game. Together with Barça and Athletic they are the only three teams never to have been relegated from the first division. Mallorca go into the game on a relative high, having won their last two games and revived their chances of avoiding the drop.

Real Sociedad looking to Europe

Third-placed Atlético will have to put behind them the disappointment of last weekend’s home defeat to Real Sociedad which saw them slip to third place in the table. Diego Simeone’s side travels north to Pamplona to face Osasuna, who have only lost once at home so far in 2013.

In-form Real Sociedad will move into fourth place if they take the three points at home to Valladolid and Malaga slip up in La Roseleda against Espanyol. Real hasn’t lost at home since the 10th round when they slipped to a 0-1 defeat against Espanyol. However, Valladolid has a pretty good record in the Anoeta where they haven’t lost since 2002.

Malaga keen to hold on to fourth place

Meanwhile, the Malaga fans can celebrate the team’s success in reaching the CL quarterfinals when Manuel Pellegrini’s team hosts Espanyol. The Chilean coach has a great record against the Barcelona outfit, having lost in just one of his 16 matches.

Valencia, who were eliminated from the Champions League 10 days ago by PSG, Barça’s opponents in the quarterfinals , need to get back to winning form at home to Betis. The odds look good for Ernesto Valverde’s team as Betis hasn’t won in the Mestalla for 27 years.

Deportivo win relegation battle

At the other end of the table, the relegation battle on Friday evening between the bottom two, Deportivo and Celta, ended in a much needed 3-1 win for Deportivo. Zaragoza is the only team in the first division yet to win a match in 2013. They go to Sevilla who can boast 5 wins and a draw in their last six home games including a 4-0 defeat of Zaragoza in the Cup in January. Athletic Club Bilbao will be looking to overturn a poor record of three defeats and five draws in Getafe’s Coliseum Alfonso Pérez stadium. The Basques have won their last two in the league and kept a clean sheet in both matches. Finally, Granada is at home to Levante

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