Levante have another difficult match this weekend, as champions Real Madrid head to the Ciutat de Valencia on Sunday afternoon. The hosts have a day less to prepare for this game following the midweek round of La Liga fixtures, making this fixture an even tougher proposition.
Where and when: Estadi Ciutat de Valencia – 4 October, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Levante vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports
Last time: Jose Luis Morales scored a superb late volley just 10 minutes from time, as Levante beat Real Madrid 1-0 when the teams last met in February.
Levante v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Levante have enjoyed a couple of great results against Real Madrid over the last couple of years, winning two of the last four meetings between the clubs. That includes a 2-1 victory at the Bernabeu in October 2018, but Madrid went 11 unbeaten against their Valencian rivals before that, winning nine in a row before back-to-back draws ended their perfect run.
What that means though, is that Levante have only lost two of their last six games against Los Blancos. Paco Lopez’s side recorded a big 3-1 win away to Osasuna last weekend, meanwhile, having lost 4-2 at Valencia in their season opener.
Levante’s tough opening brought a third straight away game at Sevilla on Thursday, before the visit of the champions. Zinedine Zidane’s side haven’t exactly looked imperious at the start of the new campaign, but they at least followed up a poor performance in a goalless draw against Real Sociedad with a 3-2 victory at Real Betis on Saturday.
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They needed a late Sergio Ramos penalty to secure their first victory of the season, prior to Wednesday’s home game against Real Valladolid. That means Los Blancos have almost a full 24 hours extra to prepare for this game, not to mention a squad depth their hosts can only dream of.
With Toni Kroos an injury doubt for this game, as well as Mariano Diaz and Eder Militao, that should really come into play here. Levante have Cheick Doukoure missing until next year due to an Achilles injury, while Granotas coach Lopez is sweating on the fitness of Ruben Rochina and Coke.
Even with a fully-fit squad to choose from, Levante would start as the clear underdogs in the betting for this game – despite their strong record against Madrid in recent seasons. The hosts are priced at 11/2 for the win in your Levante vs Real Madrid predictions, while you can back the away team at 11/20. The draw’s available at 7/2 with William Hill.
One to watch for Levante: Jose Luis Morales already has three goals this season after only managing four across the whole of last season, despite featuring in every one of Levante’s games. The Granotas captain scored the only goal of the game the last time these teams played each other, and could be worth a look to break the deadlock once again here.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Martin Odegaard is getting his chance in the Madrid starting XI, following an impressive season on loan at Real Sociedad last term. The Norwegian is yet to score for the Real Madrid first team, but could be set to put that right if he gets another opportunity from the start here.
Long shot: It’s fair to say Real Madrid haven’t looked particularly intimidating at the dawn of this new campaign, struggling up top in their opener and in defence in their second match. Levante have a solid record against Los Blancos, and could be interesting as a long shot for the upset. They are 20/1 to make it back-to-back 1-0 wins against Madrid, or 18/1 for a 2-1 victory.