Real Madrid don’t have a great record against Levante, which is something Carlo Ancelotti will hope to change in his second game back at the club. Los Blancos are on the road again due to the continued improvements on their Bernabeu home, beginning their campaign with three straight away fixtures.
Where and when: Estadio Ciudad de Valencia – 22 August, kick-off 21:00
Where you can see Levante vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports
Last time: Levante came from behind to beat Real 2-1 the last time the teams met, which was at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in January.
Levante v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid may possess all the riches and the perceived power, but they’ve struggled against Levante over recent years. Los Blancos have only managed three wins in their last eight games against the Granotes, with Levante winning three of the last six clashes between the clubs.
Madrid began the new campaign with an encouraging 4-1 victory over Alaves, but it’s tough to escape the feelings of dismay on the white side of the Spanish capital. Real have lost captain Sergio Ramos and fellow centre-back Raphael Varane this summer, with the capture of David Alaba the only positive note from their summer transfer business.
That said, Gareth Bale has retuned to Madrid and reports have suggested the smile is back on the Welshman’s face under former coach Ancelotti. He was named in Real’s starting line-up last weekend and may be afforded another chance to impress from the off in this game.
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Real Madrid to win and BTTS
Real Madrid to win 2-1
Benzema to score first
Levante can only dream of having the luxury of deciding whether or not to start with a player of Bale’s undoubted quality. The Frogs were cruelly undone in the 97th minute of their opening match last weekend, conceding a last-gasp equaliser to draw 1-1 away to Cadiz.
Paco Lopez would surely be happy to make it to two unbeaten after this game though, given his team finished down in 14th last season just seven points clear of the relegation zone. Despite their troubles, Madrid still have a squad packed with talent and they only finished two points behind champions Atletico Madrid last term.
The visitors are the 13/20 favourites to pick up the win in these Levante v Real Madrid predictions, having secured a 2-0 victory at this same ground last season. The home team are 9/2 to make it two home wins in three against the capital club, while you can back the draw on Sunday at 7/2.
One to watch for Levante: Jose Luis Morales started Levante’s comeback by netting the equaliser against Madrid last season, while the Spanish midfielder opened the scoring for his team last weekend. He is 19/2 to repeat the trick by breaking the deadlock in this Levante v Real Madrid preview.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema scored first for Los Blancos in their curtain-raiser against Alaves, with the Frenchman going on to net a brace. Ancelotti needs the experienced striker to be on top form this term, and he is 14/5 to show he’s in fine fettle by scoring first again this weekend.
Long shot: Seven of the last nine meetings between these clubs have seen both teams score. Madrid have scored 16 goals in those nine games and they are 15/2 to win this game 2-1. If you’re looking for big odds in these Levante v Real Madrid tips, you can add Benzema to that bet as the first goalscorer for a 32/1 scorecast.