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Levante – Real Madrid 05.10.2013


Levante – Real Madrid 05.10.2013

Real Madrid will be looking to make amends for a 1-0 defeat to Atletico in the Madrid derby when they take on Levante at Estadio de Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday afternoon.

Levante have been having their ups and downs the season, but the most important thing for Levantinos is that they are still out of the relegation zone. Joaquín Caparrosˈ men recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Osasuna at El Sadar at the weekend and they will be looking to build on that promising display when they host Spanish giants Real Madrid on Sunday afternoon. The team have suffered a number of changes to the squad ahead of the start of the new campaign, but the new signings seem to have already settled to the new surrounding. Austrian international Andreas Ivanschitz is very important player for Joaquin Caparros as he is irreplaceable in the middle of the park and he is the master of set pieces. Levantinos are on a six-match unbeaten run in the new Primera Division campaign, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of making a miracle against Real Madrid. The hosts are likely to adopt a cautious approach at their Levante at Estadio de Ciudad de Valencia, but keeping a clean sheet against Carlo Ancelottiˈs men is easier said than done. Levante were trashed by Barcelona in their opener and they generally face difficulties when playing against top table sides.

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Real Madrid shocked their fans by losing the Madrid derby 1-0 to Atletico Madrid at their Santiago Bernabeu at the weekend. Los Blancos produced an awful display and they totally deserved to lose that clash. However, in midweek the team returned to the winning ways by beating Copenhagen 4-0 in the Champions League, with Ronaldo and Di Maria both scoring a brace. Carlo Ancelottiˈs men face a must-win situation this weekend in La Liga when they take on modest Levante side. Real Madrid have not been impressive on the road this term and they were more than fortunate to defeat Elche in their last away game, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a 96th minute goal from the penalty spot. Newly-signed Welsh winger Gareth Bale has not recovered from his injury and the former Tottenham star will miss yet another match through injury. Los Blancos, thought, have a number of quality players in the squad and I believe that the team will start a new winning run this weekend.

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