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Levante, Real Madrid Meet in La Liga

Second Straight Road Game for First-Place Madrid

The season is just beginning, but Real Madrid already sent a strong message to the other contenders. Carlo Ancelotti’s team started on the right foot and is currently in first place. Their second game looks a bit more complicated, as Levante also aspires to reach the top with a victory.

Karim Benzema just signed a contract extension, so you can expect the Frenchman to be highly motivated. Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports and the La Liga Odds for Levante vs Real Madrid. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring with teammate Real Madrid's Austrian defender David Alaba
Josep LAGO / AFP

Game: Levante vs Real Madrid

Location: Estadio Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia

Time: Sunday, 4 p.m. ET

Television: beIN Sports

Live Stream: fuboTV

La Liga Betting Lines

Team Handicap Moneyline Over/Under Team Total
Levante +1 -130 +425 3 Evo ½ -210o/+165u
Real Madrid -1 +110 -150 3 -120u 1½ -180o/+150u
Draw +330

Head to Head

  • Previous Matches: 32
  • Levante Victories: 6 (26 goals)
  • Real Madrid Victories: 23 (79 goals)
  • Draws: 3 

Last season, Real Madrid won 2-0 at Ciutat de Valencia thanks to Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema. Levante took revenge several weeks later with a 2-1 victory at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Believe it or not, that defeat cost Madrid the title.

Los Blancos own a 5-2-3 record in their last 10 meetings with Levante. They scored 18 goals, failing to score only in one game, and allowed 12. They also finished with a clean sheet twice and the total went over in seven of those games.

They haven’t drawn since the 2017-18 season.

Why Bet on Levante?

Levante started the season with a draw (1-1) against Cadiz. Not bad considering it was on the road; really bad considering Cadiz scored in the 97th minute. Levante played a nearly perfect match but it wasn’t enough.

They’re going to need another performance like that if they want to beat Real Madrid.

“In the last few seasons, we have won some of our matches against Real Madrid. The team is prepared for these games,” said midfielder Jose Luis Morales during a press conference.

He’s not wrong, and his words show the team’s confidence for Sunday’s match. Last season, Levante was a lot better when playing at home. They finished with a 5-9-5 record (4-5-10 on the road), and they scored eight more goals (27 to 19).

During the offseason, they signed Enric Franquesa, Roberto Soldado and Roberto Brugue. Soldado is injured, but he knows Real Madrid’s mentality pretty well and can help tactically. He played in Real Madrid Castilla from 2001 to 2006. He also played some games with the first team from 2004 to 2006, and the 2007-08 season.

Levante also started the season 0-1 against the spread and over/under. They’ve to be more careful while defending, finishing their first game with five yellow cards. Losing one player against a team like Madrid could be catastrophic.

Dani Gomez is also out due to injury. Their expected lineup is Aitor Fernandez; Francisco Gomez, Oscar Duarte, Roberto Suarez, Carlos Clerc; Jorge De Frutos, Jose Campana, Gonzalo Melero, Jose Luis Morales; Roger Marti, Alberto Perea.

Why Bet on Real Madrid?

Ancelotti’s new era with Real Madrid started with a 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves. Karim Benzema scored twice, while Nacho Fernandez and Vinicius Junior scored one each. That result allowed Madrid to be in first place. Only Barcelona scored as many goals as Real Madrid, but Barca allowed one more.

Besides Benzema, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Federico Valverde also had a great game.

“We’re here to score goals and by working for each other we can have a great season. The most important thing is that we’re united as a team, and we have to make sure we get the three points in every game,” said Hazard after the game.

Madrid’s roster is so good that Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, Vinicius, Rodrygo, and Isco played as substitutes. That’s why you can expect some changes as the weeks progress and the team competes in other tournaments. The thing is that no matter who plays, they’ll remain a very competitive side.

They also started the season 1-0 against the sports betting spread and over/under, and they hope to continue down that path. Last season, Real Madrid only lost one road game, finishing with a 12-6-1 record when playing away from home.

Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Marcelo, and Mariano Diaz remain questionable due to injury. Their expected lineup is Thibaut Courtois, Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Nacho, David Alaba; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema.

Final Analysis, Predictions

Ancelotti has changed Real Madrid’s mentality. He also fought for Marcelo, Isco and Bale to stay, and they seem extremely happy now. Their offensive unit is really good, and they should be really aggressive from the start.

That doesn’t mean that they’re going to win every game easily. In fact, I think Levante is more than capable of making them suffer. Nevertheless, at the end, I do believe they’re going to get their second victory of the season.

Don’t forget to check the Soccer Props for Levante vs Real Madrid to increase your winning chances. Our score prediction is offering a +700 price,

Score Prediction: Real Madrid 1, Levante 0 

Pick: Under 3 goals (-120)

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