Real Madrid – Valencia: Preview & Prediction
Also playing in their fields on the previous day, the Real disappointed to stay in the tie, 2 to 2, against Valencia, which is undergoing a reformulation process. Thus, after a 3-0 win away from home against La Coruna, they were put at a disadvantage in their duel against Barcelona, who won both opening games of the competition and reached six points. Real Sociedad and Leganes, also with 100% use, appear in the classification ahead of Real Madrid.
With practically all of his most important athletes given to the national team in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Zidane barely had enough training for the match. Of the players who act as a regular in the starting lineup, only striker Benzema was not called.
The left-back Marcelo, however, resurfaced earlier. He received the second yellow card in the 2-0 win against Ecuador, and was dismissed from the game against Colombia in Barranquilla on Tuesday, September 5.
Brazilian coach Tite also gave Zidane a gift when he left out Casemiro midfielder against the Colombians. Thus, preserved the athlete to play on Saturday for the Spanish Championship.
A physical assessment of the athletes will be crucial for Zidane to set the team up for Saturday’s match. The coach certainly will consider the schedule, which marks for Wednesday, September 13, the start of the Champions League title defense against the Apoel, also in Madrid.
Out of the game this Saturday follows the striker Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese were suspended for five games because of his expulsion in the first decisive match of the Spanish Super Cup. He has already paid three games of punishment.
The stoppage, however, also had its good side. It served to give greater time for the recovery of defenders Jesus Vallejo and Rapahel Varane and midfielder Daniel Ceballos, who are under the care of the medical department. They will go through further tests to find out when they can return to work.
For a club that has as main objective to avoid relegation, the Levante had a beginning of season that can be considered positive. In the opening, against Villarreal, he dropped the favorite scoring 1-0. Then, also at home, tied with La Coruna, by 2 to 2.
That last result could be considered bad, because it is a direct rival in the fight by the stay in the elite division of the Spanish soccer. However, having been outnumbered from 2 to 0 and having had an athlete expelled at 31 minutes from the final stage, the draw ended up being celebrated as a winning point.
The striker Jose Morales, who went to the shower earlier, will not be able to face Real Madrid. You will have to comply with automatic suspension. It may not be the only limitation faced by coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz to set the team. Also attacking, Marti Roger, 26, is in the ward recovering from a knee injury. It should not be released for the match.
History of the matches between Real Madrid and Levante
The nine most recent matches between the teams ended with Real Madrid’s victory. Levante’s last success in the duel happened in 2011 when, at home, made 1 to 0 in the team of the capital.
Real Madrid – Valencia: Betting Tips
Real Madrid -3 AH – Odds: 1.95
Over 3,5 goals – Odds: 1.45