Real Madrid welcome Levante to the Bernabeu this weekend with Zinedine Zidane's side looking for their first home win of the La Liga season. Los Blancos' preview game in front of their own fans this term saw them held 1-1 by Valladolid and Madrid will be desperate not to drop any more points. Levante however have a strong recent record in the Spanish capital, winning 2-1 at the Bernabeu last season having drawn 1-1 there in 2017.
Real Madrid have failed to win seven of their last 20 home league matches which is a poor run for a team of their stature. Zidane's men are priced at 1.22 with Sportsbet to claim three points, with the draw at 6.50 and Levante at 13.00.
Real Madrid vs Levante Team News
The hosts are without Gareth Bale who will miss his first game of the season having been sent off in the previous match against Villarreal. Isco and Marco Asensio remain sidelined while Luka Modric is out after picking up an injury on international duty. Eden Hazard is in line to make his Real Madrid debut having recovered from his thigh problem. Levante have centre-back Rober missing, with right-back Coke a doubt.
Real Madrid vs Levante Preview
Real Madrid are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and their defensive fragility was one of their biggest problems last season. The side from the capital of Spain have conceded in 16 of their last 19 matches in La Liga and this weekend face one of the division's most attacking outfits. Levante were the fourth top scorers last term netting 59 goals a figure surpassed on by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla. Los Granotas' matches averaged 3.29 goals (only Barca's had more) and this season they have started well picking up six points from a possible nine. The visitors should be able to score this weekend and in doing so contribute to an entertaining clash.
Tips and predictions
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is priced at 1.80 and looks like the best way to get some value from backing a high scoring game at the Bernabeu this season.
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Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 1.80 for a 2.5pt stake with Sportsbet