Levante vs Real Madrid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Los Blancos head to Valencia.
by Mark Sochon – @marksoc1
Levante vs Real Madrid Preview
Assuming Barcelona do defeat Eibar in their game, Real Madrid will be back in the familiar position of playing catch-up by the time this one kicks off but they will guarantee themselves top spot again with victory. Levante will be out to stop them though and they are a side that does have an eye for an upset.
They have already defeated Barça this season and were winners away to Real Madrid last term. However they don’t take good form into this game. Paco Lopez’s side have lost 5 of their last 6 in La Liga with the only exception being a 2-0 home win over struggling Leganes last time out at the Ciutat de Valencia. They do possess a healthy 55% home win ratio this term but they clearly will go into this one as the clear underdogs.
Real Madrid are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2-2 home draw with Celta Vigo last time out. It wasn’t a terrible performance from Los Blancos but it did end a 5 game winning streak in La Liga. With a huge Champions League clash with Manchester City, not to mention El Clasico to come over the next week, Zinedine Zidane may consider some rotation but with the title race so finely poised, it’s unlikely to be anything too radical.
One man who is likely to sit this one out is Ferland Mendy who is one game away from a ban and Zizou will certainly want him for the Clasico. That should see Marcelo start at left-back while the fit again Eden Hazard is likely to feature ahead of him on the left flank or potentially alongside Benzema in a two-man forward-line if Los Blancos opt to pack the midfield again.
Midfielder Ruben Rochina is Levante’s most significant absentee with Gonzalo Melero or Jose Luis Morales likely to get the nod on the right flank.
Levante vs Real Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: 3-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid have looked just a touch more vulnerable defensively in recent weeks and with Mendy missing, Levante may look to get at Marcelo down their right with the pace of Morales. However it’s still a game Real Madrid should win and with Eden Hazard looking sharp on his return last week, they ought to head into a huge week with three points and real momentum.
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Levante vs Real Madrid H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Levante Win, 3 Real Madrid Wins, 2 Draws.
- Both teams have scored in all of the last 6 meetings and 5 of the last 6 in Valencia.
- Real Madrid have won on 5 of their last 6 trips to this ground to play Levante.
- They were 3-2 winners in the reverse fixture earlier this term.
Predicted Line Ups
Aitor – Tono, Postigo, Vezo, Miramon – Bardhi, Campana, Vukcevic, Morales – Roger, Mayoral (4-4-2)
Real Madrid Team:
Courtois – Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal – Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos – Hazard, Benzema, Vinicius (4-3-3)