Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Real Madrid will be aiming to recover from a 1-0 loss to their local rivals Atletico Madrid when they host Levante to their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday. Los Blancos have already won the La Liga title, but they surely want to put icing on the cake on a very successful season. Carlo Ancelotti’s troops are eyeing their 13th home win of the process, and the bookies see them as favourites to pick up all three points from the midweek clash. All Marcelo, Dani Ceballos, Gareth Bale, and Eden Hazard are sidelined with injuries, while there are no suspended players in the home team.
Los Levantinos, desperately needed a win against Real Sociedad, and they managed to get one to keep their survival hopes alive. The relegation-threatened visitors face yet another must-win situation against Real Madrid, but they should be happy with one point from the midweek clash as well. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Gonzalo Melero is pushing for a start after finding the net at the weekend, while all Roberto Soldado, Jorge de Frutos, and Carlos Clerc remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (Levante ):
Levante Union Deportiva is a Spanish football club from the city Valencia and is playing in the highest Spanish football division since 2010. The club is the second biggest of Valencia after the very known football club Valencia CF. The Valencia derby is one of the most hectic football games in the region. The nickname of Levante UD is Las Granotes which literally means the frogs. The club host it’s home games in the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium which holds a capacity of 26 000 seats. The club colors of Levante are blue and red.
The biggest success of Levante UD was in 1937 where the club won the Copa del Rey. Other prizes Levante won in lower divisions are the Segunda Division A in 2004 and the Seguda Division B in 1999. Famous players that played for Levante are Johan Cruyff, Sergio Garcia, Arveladze and Juanfran.