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Primera División

  • September 18, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
  • Referee: Javier Turienzo Álvarez
  • • Attendance: 18000
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La Liga Preview: Levante v 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


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

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.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Levante sit 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 their current name at the end of the decade.

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

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

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

  • Cristiano 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.

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Available Squads
-Gustavo MunúaGoalkeeper
-Javi VentaDefender
18BallesterosDefender
7NanoDefender
12Juan García GarcíaDefender
-Xavi TorresMidfielder
10IborraMidfielder
23ValdoMidfielder
-BarkeroMidfielder
8JuanluMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
-K. NavasGoalkeeper
19Pedro LópezDefender
-Asier Del HornoDefender
25Nabil El ZharMidfielder
-Rubén SuárezMidfielder
6PallardóMidfielder
9Carlos ArandaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
12MarceloDefender
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
8KakáMidfielder
1AdànGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
7C. RonaldoStriker
Players to Watch
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The on-loan Sevilla forward has given the club renewed impetus at the business end of the pitch, and is looking to rebuild his career after suffering a horrendous run of injuries.
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
35 17 2 0
The striker has been in excellent form so far this season, and will be looking to add to his goal against Getafe last week in this encounter.
Prediction
Madrid have begun the season impressively, scoring 10 in their two league matches so far, and although they drew at this venue last year, should collect the points this time round.
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