Julen Lopetegui’s Real Madrid side will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they welcome Levante to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid vs Levante – Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – Saturday 20th October – Kick off 12pm UK time
Defeat to Alaves last time out saw the Basque side move level on points with Real and Espanyol, with all three teams two points behind leaders Sevilla and Real will be hoping to pick up three points at home.
With the top two, Sevilla and Barcelona, going head to head at the Camp Nou, there is a chance for Real and neighbours Atletico to move top while Alaves could go there with a win at Celta Vigo on Friday night.
Levante on the other hand sit in a respectable eleventh place on ten points after winning 1-0 at Getafe last time out. Although they are just four points off Real in fourth, they’re also just three points above the relegation zone with La Liga proving to be a tight league yet again.
Both of last season’s meeting ended in draws with Levante coming away from the Bernabeu with a point following a 1-1 scoreline with a late goal from Giampaolo Pazzini earning them a 2-2 draw at the Ciutat de Valencia.
Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Jesus Vallejo all re-joined the first team at training on Thursday and should make the squad for Levante’s visit. Dani Carvajal is still completing his recovery but Marcelo will be back for the game while Isco isn’t far from a return either.
Levante will be without Nikola Vukcevic, Armando Sadiku and Coke through injury while Borja Mayoral is ineligible against his parent club. Samu Garcia and Antonio Luna also miss out.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Ceballos, Benzema, Asensio
Levante (3-5-2): Oier; Rober, Postigo, Cabaco; Jason, Bardhi, Campana, Rochina, Tono; Boateng, Morales
Real Madrid 3-1 Levante