Real Madrid are back in action this Sunday as they make the long journey east to face Levante in La Liga, looking to secure their sixth win from their last seven league outings.
After last weekend's bitterly disappointing defeat to Girona, Los Blancos will be desperate to return to winning ways as they look to keep pace with the top two.
Meanwhile, Levante have been desperately mediocre this term, with their recent form acting as a microcosm for the entire season.
From their last ten outings, they have amassed just three wins, two draws and five losses, which leaves them stuck in mid-table and in danger of allowing their season to simply fizzle out.
With much more on the line for Real Madrid, they will surely be the team to take the game to the Valencia based outfit as they look to bounce straight back from defeat last time out.
Check out 90min's preview of Sunday's game below.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Sunday 24 February|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 GMT|
|Where Is it Played?||Ciudad de Valencia|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Eleven Sports 1 UK|
|Referee?||Ignacio Iglesias Villaneuva|
After picking up a red card in that loss against Girona, the unruly Sergio Ramos will miss out on the trip to Levante. Meanwhile, midfielder Isco is set to be back in contention for a starting spot this weekend having trained with the first team this week after a back injury ruled him out of the last three games.
Levante will face Los Blancos without the services of experienced centre-back Sergio Postigo, who is set to be sidelined with an ongoing calf issue.
|Real Madrid||Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.|
|Levante||Fernandez; Vezo, Rober, Coke; Simon, Rochina, Campana, Bardhi, Luna; Mayoral, Morales.|
Head to Head Record
Levante are going in search of their first ever La Liga double over Real Madrid, having won 2-1 at the Bernabeu back in October. However, that win was their first over Madrid in the last 12 meetings, with Los Blancos winning nine of those affairs.
Keeping Santiago Solari's side at bay will be the toughest task facing the hosts on Sunday, as Madrid have notched at every meeting between the sides since 2011.
Real Madrid's impressive run of form going into last weekend's affair made the loss to Girona all the more surprising. They have won five of their last six La Liga outings and remain unbeaten in their last five away games, having won in the Champions League last week against Ajax.
Levante's key concerns lay with their defensive unit who have conceded 43 league goals this year already. However, they impressed last time out against strugglers Celta Vigo winning 4-1 on the road, and they will hope to replicate that performance on their home turf this weekend.
Here's how each team performed in their last five fixtures:
|Celta Vigo 1-4 Levante (16/02)||Real Madrid 1-2 Girona (17/02)|
|Alaves 2-0 Levante (11/02)||Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid (13/02)|
|Levante 0-0 Getafe (02/02)||Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid (09/02)|
|Sevilla 5-0 Levante (26/01)||Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (06/02)|
|Levante 2-0 Valladolid (20/01)||Real Madrid 3-0 Alaves (03/02)|
I would hardly be putting my head above the parapet by prophesying that Madrid will score on Sunday, as only Barcelona have netted more times than Los Blancos this term, whilst no side have conceded more times in La Liga than their opponents.
Madrid will be desperate to get their season back on track and will likely throw caution to the wind.