The question for Real Madrid after the international break is whether Los Blancos are going to resume their struggles, or if the time away will help them to reset and recover. Although unbeaten, Zinedine Zidane’s side have made a poor start to the new season, but this home game against Levante is a great chance to get three more points on the board.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 14 September, kick-off 12:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Levante: DAZN
Last time: Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale both scored penalties either side of half-time and a Roger Marti equaliser, as Madrid won 2-1 at Levante in February.
Real Madrid v Levante Predictions and Preview
Even though Real Madrid start as the strong favourites and beat Levante the last time the teams met, Los Granotas upset the odds to beat Los Blancos 2-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture. The Bernabeu is not the fortress it once was at the moment, and the visitors will look to take advantage of that this weekend.
Levante also claimed a 1-1 draw in Madrid the season before, following that up with a 2-2 draw at the Ciudad de Valencia. Despite splashing out huge amounts on new signings such as Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic over the summer, it’s not a happy camp at the Bernabeu, with players such as Casemiro even telling the press how the players feel the squad isn’t strong enough.
That’s shown in Madrid’s start to the season, following up an encouraging 3-1 win away to Celta Vigo with two draws against Real Valladolid and Villarreal. Record signing Hazard is yet to feature for his new team, but the Belgian is expected to be fit for this game after missing his country’s fixtures over the break.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Real Madrid to win 2-0||6/1||Offer|
|Eden Hazard to score first||7/2||Offer|
|Real Madrid to win to nil||11/10||Offer|
That could provide the shot in the arm Zidane is after, especially since missing out on another of his top targets in the transfer window, Paul Pogba. Madrid need more creativity, and Hazard should provide just that alongside a rejuvenated Gareth Bale. However, the Welshman sits this game out after receiving his marching orders for two yellow cards in injury time at the end of the draw at Villarreal last time out.
The only injury concern for Levante boss Paco Lopez is right-back Coke, but even with a full squad and their solid record against Madrid, Los Granotas start as the huge underdogs in this game. They are 9/1 for the win, while the home team are 1/4 and the draw is available at 5/1.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Eden Hazard is expected to make his long-awaited Los Blancos debut, and he’ll want to make a good impression after reports of him turning up for pre-season overweight and a frustrating injury to kick off his time in Spain. The Belgian is 7/2 to open the scoring this weekend.
One to watch for Levante: Roger Marti has two goals to his name from Levante’s first three games so far this season, and was on target in both of his team’s games against Madrid last season. He is 8/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday afternoon.
Long shot: After beating Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu last season, and seeing the disarray in the Spanish capital, Levante will approach this game with an element of optimism that they can secure another shock result. They are 9/1 to repeat their 2-1 victory in last season’s corresponding fixture.