Real Madrid vs Levante Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 6, 2013; Time: 4:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid.
Los Merengues will be looking for seventh straight La Liga home win. Jose Mourinho’s team easily trashed Galatasaray in the Champions League in midweek and takes on Los Granotes at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Real Madrid goes 2nd in the Spanish La Liga with 62 points from 29 games, having 19 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses so far this season. Los Blancos are in need of three points to close down 13 points gap to Barcelona and not to lose second spot, cause 3rd-placed Atletico are only 1 point behind. Their present form has seen 4 wins and 1 draw from last five games. Last five home matches Los Blancos have finished with 1 draw and 4 straight wins. The last one came in Champions League where they thrashed 3-0 Galatasaray and closed down to the semi-finals. Madrid have drawn 1-1 away to Zaragoza last weekend, but at home they have won 7 of their last 8 fixtures in all competitions. Their best goal-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 106 goals in 94 appearances at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Levante stands 10th in La Liga table with 40 points from 29 games, winning 11, drawing 7 and lost 11 so far this season. Los Granotes are just 6 points behind Europa League zone and 6th-placed Valencia. Their present form has seen 2 draws, 1 defeat and 2 wins from last five games. Last five away matches Los Granotes have finished with the same stats. They were eliminated fro the Europa League by Rubin Kazan in extra time. But, Levante won the game against Sevilla last weekend and ended La Liga seven-match winless run. Also they have lost their last 4 away fixtures against Madrid.
Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has a full squad to choose from. He will make some changes from the squad that won Galatasaray in the Champions League in midweek, so Alvaro Arbeloa, Marcelo, Pepe and Kaka are expected to play from the first minutes.
Midfielder Valdo has recovered from a knee injury for Levante. David Navarro is suspended. But, Sergio Ballesteros, Pedro Lopez and Nabil El Zhar have returned after their bans.
Real Madrid line-up: López, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Khedira, Alonso, Callejón, Kaká, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Last three matches:
Real Madrid CF 3 – Galatasaray 0;
Zaragoza 1 – Real Madrid CF 1;
Real Madrid CF 5 – Mallorca 2.
Levante line-up: Munúa, Lell, Ballesteros, Vyntra, Juanfran, Diop, Iborra, Ríos, Míchel, García, Acquafresca.
Last three matches:
Levante 1 – Sevilla 0;
Granada 1 – Levante 1;
Rubin Kazan 2 – Levante 0.