Levante vs. Real Madrid
August 22, 2021 4:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -163, Under 2.5 +130
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Levante is welcoming Real Madrid to Ciudad de Valencia in round 2 of the Spanish LaLiga. Levante is a solid team, but their form is terrible at the moment. Levante has won only 1 of their last 7 games. Real Madrid has looked great in their season opener, and they have broken their 2-game winless streak.
Levante’s defense has been really bad in the preseason, while their offense has been barely producing as well. In their last 7 games, Levante has conceded 7 goals while scoring only 3 goals. Morales has scored 1 goal for Levante so far this season. Postigo, Gomez, and Soldado are all injured for Levante at the moment. In their season opener against Cadiz, Levante was the better team with 57% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 84% of the correct passes. Levante got ahead in the 39th minute, and they were holding onto that lead all the way until the 97th minute. This game has ended in a 1-1 draw. Levante ended last season in 14th place, and that is pretty much where I expect to see them this season as well.
Real Madrid didn’t get a strong opponent in their season opener, but they looked great. Real Madrid was playing against Alaves on the road, and they have had 59% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a high 89% of the correct passes. The first half was tough and without goals, but we saw a rhapsody in the second half. Real Madrid has scored 4 goals in the second half, and they have deservedly won this match 1-4. Ceballos, Mendy, Kroos, and Modric are all injured, while Marcelo is still questionable. Benzema has scored 2 goals for Real Madrid, while Junior and Nacho added 1 goal each. Modric, Hazard, and Alaba each added 1 assist. Real Madrid has a lot of talent, and the rumors of them signing Mbappe are getting louder each day, but we will see what will happen with that. With Hazard and Benzema playing well, and with younger players giving them support, Real Madrid is in good form overall, and I think they will do well this season.
The trends are on Real Madrid’s side in this matchup, and they are the better team here. Levante can be dangerous, but Real Madrid is playing well, they are scoring a lot of goals, and I see them getting another win on the road.