On Saturday, October 17, Real Madrid CF hosts Levante UD in a Spanish Primera La Liga match. The game will be played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabau in the city of Madrid and will kick off at 15:00 BST.
The home side is currently 2nd in the standings, with 15 points from 7 games while the visitors are in 18th place, with 6 points from 7 games.
A win for Real Madrid can see them go top of the table, while a defeat can see them stumble to 6th place. A win for Levante can see them climb 8 positions to 10th place, while a defeat can see them end the weekend bottom of the table.
The current club world cup holders, managed by Rafa Benitez, are in good form with three wins and two draws in their last five games. These wins include victories against Granada (1-0 on September 19), Atletic Bilbao (1-2 on September 23), and Malmo FF in the Champions League (0-2 on September 30).
Los Blancos drew two of the most recent league matches against Malaga (0-0 on September 26), and against bitter rivals Athletico Madrid (1-1 on October 4).
The Valencia placed club, managed by Lucas Alcaraz are in poor form, with one win, two draws and two defeats in their last five games. This single win was against league leaders Villarreal in their last outing (1-0 on Octiber 4).
Les Granotes’ current unimpressive run of form includes draws against Sevilla (1-1 on September 11), and Eibar (2-2 on September 23). They also suffered defeat to reigning champions Barcelona (4-1 on September 20), and to Getafe (3-0 on September 27).
Current World footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is on a mini drought in the league, having failed to score in the last four games. He will be looking to get back to his usual ways against one of the league’s struggling sides.
Goalkeeper Ruben has been struggling for clean sheets recently, and will have to be on the top of his game to keep out one of the most lethal attacks in world football.
Very few teams have what it takes to stop Real Madrid at home, and Levante at this time is not one of those teams. This should be a very comfortable victory for the home side.