After the heroics of their Champions League semi final victory over Manchester City, Carlo Ancelotti rested some players for the Madrid derby safe in the knowledge that the league had already been won the week before. Now they face a Levante side whose recent results have given them some faint hope of staying up.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabéu – 12 May, kick-off 20:30
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Levante: Eleven La Liga TV
Last time: Levante shocked Real Madrid at the start of the season when they managed a 3-3 draw. Things have changed a lot for both sides since then.
Real Madrid vs. Levante Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid have dominated La Liga this season. They have already won the league with games to spare – and also have the Champions League final in Paris to look forward to at the end of the month. The rest of the league campaign could be something of an afterthought now. But Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that his players keep their minds focused to finish the season in the best way possible.
Levante will be buoyed by results in the last few months that have given the Valencia club a glimmer of hope of staying in the top flight for a sixth consecutive season. After a flurry of draws at the beginning of the campaign, Levante have been in the bottom three ever since and still face an uphill task to avoid relegation. A win last weekend against Real Sociedad has boosted morale though.
Real Madrid vs. Levante full time result odds
Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to rest some players for the Madrid derby backfired as far as the result went. But it will have given the likes of Benzema and Modrić some much-needed down time before the end of the season. Levante will put everything into their last three games – as the 90th minute penalty winner on Friday showed. But that will be energy-sapping and Real should be just too strong at home. A Los Blancos win is priced at 1/2.
Real Madrid vs. Levante both teams to score odds
Even during this disappointing season for Levante, they have still managed to score more goals than most of their rivals at the bottom of the league. With the pressure on to win as many points as possible, it would not be a surprise if they managed at least one against the La Liga champions. But Real should score too – making the both teams to score bet at 4/7 the better option in this market.
Real Madrid vs. Levante correct score odds
With the pressure off Real Madrid – and Levante desperate for points to stay up – this could end up being a very entertaining game on Thursday. The visitors will have to balance the need for a strong defence against one of the best attacking units in the world with going out to score themselves. It will probably end up all being too much for Levante, but odds of 11/1 for a 3-1 Real win look attractive.
Real Madrid vs. Levante first goalscorer odds
Karim Benzema has been in incredible form this season, scoring an incredible 43 goals in 43 games in all competitions. He has also seemed to get better the longer the season has gone on, so it is no surprise that he is the favourite to find the net first on Thursday. He should also start the game after being rested against Atlético. But Rodrygo has also impressed recently – and his odds will likely be better value here.