La Liga Preview: Levante - Real Madrid

Round 3 sees the current leaders in La Liga travel to Valencia to take on Juan Martinez's men, in a game Jose Mourinho's side should win.


Levante (4-4-2): Munua; Juanfran, Nano, Ballesteros, Venta; Iborra, Torres, Zhar, Juanlu; Valdo, Suarez

Valdo, who started his playing career at Real Madrid, will get another crack at his former club in this league encounter, leading the attack.

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Carvalho, Pepe, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Coentrao; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo/Kaka; Benzema

Karim Benzema will again be the man up top for Madrid, keeping Gonzalo Higuain on the bench. Behind the french striker will be Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil to provide the opportunities. Cristian Ronaldo will be fighting fitness with the hopes of participating.

  • Levante sits in 11th place in the league with two points from two games.
  • Last season, the team finished 14th in Spain.

  • In the 1930s, the club was known as Gimnastico FC, before adopting its current name at the end of the decade.

  • The club is located in Valencia and is playing in the top flight for the seventh time.

  • Real Madrid is in first place in La Liga, tied with Valencia and Real Betis with six points from two games.

  • The capital club was victorious on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League, downing Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 thanks to a goal by Angel Di Maria.

  • Ronaldo has four goals in two league games, good enough for first place in the Pichichi charts, joint with Roberto Soldado of Valencia.

  • Last season against Levante, Jose Mourinho's men won 8-2 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey, while drawing 0-0 and winning 2-0 in the league.