Real looking for revenge at Levante

SaturdayRayo    vs     Celta Vigo    17:00Espanyol     vs     Osasuna    19:00 R Zaragoza     vs     Deportivo    21:00 Málaga     vs     R Sociedad    23:00
Jose Callejon is likely start his La Liga game of the season. Net photo.
Jose Callejon is likely start his La Liga game of the season. Net photo.

Saturday
Rayo    vs     Celta Vigo    17:00
Espanyol     vs     Osasuna    19:00
R Zaragoza     vs     Deportivo    21:00
Málaga     vs     R Sociedad    23:00   
Sunday
Valladolid     vs     Valencia    13:00
Athletic     vs     Sevilla    17:00
Mallorca     vs     Barcelona    18:50
Atlético     vs     Getafe    20:45
Levante     vs     Real Madrid    22:30

MADRID - Spanish champions Real Madrid will be looking for revenge on Sunday when they visit bogey team Levante.

The whites have picked up just one point in their last two visits to Levante’s small Ciutat de Valencia stadium but this time they cannot afford another slip-up.

Jose Mourinho’s team are third, eight points behind runaway leaders Barcelona, and can not afford to drop further points.

“This is a really important game for Madrid,” said Radio Marca. “They have to win in a stadium where things have gone wrong for them recently.”

Eternal sub Jose Callejon, who had a goal controversially disallowed in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund, will probably make a rare start because Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema both have muscle injuries.

Cristiano Ronaldo and company lost 1-0 at Levante last season and were held 0-0 two years ago.

Levante, the oldest team in La Liga, are currently sixth and their defence has conceded just one goal in four games.

However, before Sunday’s clash they have to travel to Enschede for an important Europa League game against Twente.

Midfielder Juanlu, one of their many veterans, said that they had not yet started to think about Sunday.

“Nobody in the dressing-room is talking about the Real Madrid game,” he said. “For now we are focused on Twente. But by Sunday we will be well prepared for their arrival.”

Earlier on Sunday, Barca will visit out-of-sorts Mallorca, who have lost their last four games. Gerard Pique will be finally ready to return to the Barca defence, though Carles Puyol, Adriano and Thiago are still injured.

Barca have won on their last three visits to Palma, without conceding a single goal.

 

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