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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid v Levante

7 March 2014 21:56

Real Madrid will need no reminder of the threat posed by Levante when Joaquin Caparros' in-form side travel to the Bernabeu on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti's side rescued a 3-2 win at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia in October with stoppage-time goals from Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo.

They will enter this weekend's game a point clear at the top of La Liga following last week's 2-2 draw with city rivals Atletico Madrid, sealed by another late Ronaldo goal.

Real are currently the form team in La Liga after not tasting defeat in any competition since losing to Barcelona at Camp Nou in October, going 28 matches unbeaten since.


Ancelotti will no doubt be glad to have the gruelling and "violent" Atleti match behind him as his side look to nail home their advantage at the top of the table as the season enters its final stages.


He said: "They tried to impose a violent game. We tried to play and in the end we did it (got a draw).


"The response was good and overall we can be satisfied because Atletico are a good team, particularly at home.


"We're top and that's good. Now we have seven games at home and five away."


Since their Bernabeu defeat to Atleti in September, Real have been irresistible at home in all competitions, winning every single one of their following 15 games on their own patch.


Levante are enjoying a surprisingly good campaign under well-regarded coach Caparros, who has reportedly emerged as a target for former side Sevilla should they opt against renewing Unai Emery's contract in the summer.


A run of six defeats in seven league matches looked to have put pay to their slim European hopes in early January, but they have since gone eight domestic games unbeaten and sit eighth, reigniting their chances.


The two sides go into this fixture on the back of a brief international break and Real's front men were in good form for the respective countries, with Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all netting during the week.


While Ancelotti does not have significant injury problems to contend with, Pepe is a doubt due to illness, while Dani Carvajal and Marcelo are expected to be restored to the full-back berths.


Caparros will be without suspended trio Pape Diop, Victor Cassadeus and Simao Mate, while Christian Lell (stomach) and Issam El Adoua (foot) are doubts, despite both returning to training.

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3 - 0

Competition
Primera División
Date
9 March 2014
Game week
27
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Venue
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance
74172

Goals

1 - 0
Marcelo 49'
(assist by Cristiano Ronaldo) 
2 - 0
N. Karabelas (OG) 81'  
3 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
23
20
1
3
21
24
# Player Bookings
16
25
9
8
11
13
17

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Monday 28 July

23:51
22:31
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20:26
20:14
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18:55
18:52
18:47
18:44
17:46
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05:47
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04:23
04:19
03:59
03:04
02:59
02:15
02:07
00:30
00:20

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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