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European match of the weekend: Valencia v Real Madrid

Two sides underperforming by their own standard in La Liga this season go head-to-head at the weekend as Valencia welcome Real Madrid.

The match will be the second time in a week the two teams have met each other after the midweek Copa del Rey clash, which Real won 2-0 at the Bernabeu thanks to a Karim Benzema strike and an own goal from Andres Guardado.

And with the second leg of that quarter-final on the horizon, these two teams are getting to know each other very well.

The latest instalment is at the Mestalla which is for most teams a fearsome place to go, yet not so much for Madrid.

Los Merengues have won their last three Liga games there and Jose Mourinho will be desperate to add a fourth to that tally as they look to close the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Ahead of the weekend's fixtures, Real sit seven points behind their city rivals and 18 behind runaway leaders Barcelona.

Valencia too, in seventh, need points as they jostle for position with a Champions League place the goal.

Los Che are on 30 points, ahead of Levante on goal difference, but behind surprise package Rayo Vallecano (31), Malaga (31) and Real Betis (34).

Weekend matches covered on Eurosport-Yahoo!

Saturday

17:00 Real Sociedad v Barcelona

17:00 Palermo v Lazio

19:45 Juventus v Udinese

21:00 Malaga v Celta Vigo

Sunday

11:30 Fiorentina v Napoli

14:00 Milan v Bologna

18:00 Atletico Madrid v Levante

19:45 Roma v Internazionale

20:00 Valencia v Real Madrid