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Football | Spain

Jose Mourinho © Reuters Images

Real looking for revenge at Levante



Spanish champions Real Madrid will be looking for revenge on Sunday when they visit bogey team Levante.

The whites have picked up just one point in their last two visits to Levante's small Ciutat de Valencia stadium but this time they cannot afford another slip-up.

Jose Mourinho's team are third, eight points behind runaway leaders Barcelona, and can not afford to drop further points.

"This is a really important game for Madrid," said Radio Marca. "They have to win in a stadium where things have gone wrong for them recently."

Eternal sub Jose Callejon, who had a goal controversially disallowed in Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund, will probably make a rare start because Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema both have muscle injuries.

Cristiano Ronaldo and company lost 1-0 at Levante last season and were held 0-0 two years ago.

Levante, the oldest team in La Liga, are currently sixth and their defence has conceded just one goal in four games.

However, before Sunday's clash they have to travel to Enschede for an important Europa League game against Twente.

Midfielder Juanlu, one of their many veterans, said that they had not yet started to think about Sunday.

"Nobody in the dressing-room is talking about the Real Madrid game," he said. "For now we are focused on Twente. But by Sunday we will be well prepared for their arrival."

Earlier on Sunday, Barca will visit out-of-sorts Mallorca, who have lost their last four games.

Gerard Pique will be finally ready to return to the Barca defence, though Carles Puyol, Adriano and Thiago are still injured.

Barca have won on their last three visits to Palma, without conceding a single goal.

Also on Sunday, Atletico Madrid will be trying to get back to winning ways after a 2-0 meltdown at Valencia. Atletico are second, three points behind Barca but five ahead of Real.

Sunday's other games are Valladolid v Valencia, who seem to have finally found their form, and lowly Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla.

The 11th round of games kicks off on Friday with fourth-placed Betis ar home to lowly Granada.

On Saturday, Malaga, who have slipped down to fifth, try to get back on track at home to Real Sociedad, who seem to be in free fall.

Sunday will also see a grim relegation battle between Espanyol and Osasuna, while Zaragoza take on Deportivo La Coruna and Rayo Vallecano receive Celta Vigo.

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