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Primera División

  • September 18, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
  • Referee: Javier Turienzo Álvarez
  • • Attendance: 18000

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


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 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.

Players to watch

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0
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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.

K. Benzema

Position: Attacker

Games: 14

  • 5
  • 0
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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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head


Real Madrid


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Levante UD LEV
Levante UD Levante
Real Madrid CF RMA
Real Madrid CF Real Madrid

Top 3 Predictions

Levante UD LEV
0 - 4
Real Madrid CF RMA
Levante UD LEV
0 - 3
Real Madrid CF RMA
Levante UD LEV
0 - 5
Real Madrid CF RMA