Valencia faces Madrid, Barcelona plays Espanyol

BY foxsports • December 10, 2009

Valencia will be tested again Saturday in the Spanish league when it faces second-place Real Madrid, and leader Barcelona is likely to be without Lionel Messi for its crosstown derby against struggling Espanyol.

Valencia hasn't lost since September in any competition, a stretch of 15 games, and has David Villa, the league's leading scorer with 11 goals. The team can already boast a victory over Sevilla and a draw against Spanish champion Barcelona in a game it dominated.

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