La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Levante
Los Merengues will be out to avenge an embarrassing defeat to Juan Ignacio Martinez's side earlier this season when they walk out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday
By Karthick Arvinth
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo
Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Del Horno
El Zhar, Barkero, Suarez
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost ahead of Sunday's Primera Division clash with Levante, with key duo Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria returning to full fitness.
Germany international Khedira has been missing from action since early January with an ankle injury, while Di Maria has been nursing a thigh problem and is yet to feature in 2012. Both players are expected to be named on the bench.
The game is likely to come too soon for left-back Marcelo, who has been struggling with a thigh problem, while Hamit Altintop (calf) is also out.
Levante duo Jose Javier Barkero and Asier del Horno could recover from injury in time to make the trip to the capital.
Defender Juanfran is struggling with a foot complaint and is unlikely to feature, while Xavi Torres is suspended.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid have not dropped a point in the league since December 10, when they lost 3-1 to Barcelona at the Bernabeu.
- Los Blancos are the only Primera Division club to have scored in every home game this campaign in all competitions.
- Real were named the richest club in the world for the seventh year running by accountancy firm Deloitte this week.
- Fourth-placed Levante, who notched a surprise 1-0 victory over Real in September, have not won in the league since December 10.
- The east coast club have lost all of their last eight away games in all competitions.
- Ivorian striker Arouna Kone (pictured) is Levante's leading scorer this season with nine goals.
Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 3-0 Levante
- 16.21 %
Real Madrid 4-0 Levante
- 12.01 %
Real Madrid 5-0 Levante
- 11.44 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||09-Mar-2014||Real Madrid 3 - Levante 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||05-Oct-2013||Levante 2 - Real Madrid 3|
|La Liga (LIGA)||06-Apr-2013||Real Madrid 5 - Levante 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||12-Nov-2012||Levante 1 - Real Madrid 2|
|La Liga (LIGA)||13-Feb-2012||Real Madrid 4 - Levante 2|
|09-Mar-2014||Real Madrid 3 - Levante 0||LIGA|
|02-Mar-2014||Atletico de Madrid 2 - Real Madrid 2||LIGA|
|27-Feb-2014||Schalke 04 1 - Real Madrid 6||UCL|
|22-Feb-2014||Real Madrid 3 - Elche 0||LIGA|
|16-Feb-2014||Getafe 0 - Real Madrid 3||LIGA|
|-||Asier Del Horno||Defender|
|12||Gustavo Daniel Cabral||Defender|
|25||Nabil El Zhar||Midfielder|
|12||Juan García García||Defender|
|-||Abdel Kader Ghezzal||Striker|
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