After clinching the 2021-22 La Liga title on the last day of April and getting past Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semifinals less than a week later, Real Madrid turned on the cruise control. Los Blancos rested top scorer Karim Benzema against Atletico Madrid on Sunday and suffered a 1-0 loss as they began their final stretch of the season with the first of four basically meaningless matches. Manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes that defeat motivates his Real Madrid (25-6-4) to perform better when it hosts Levante (6-11-18) on Thursday. The Frogs are on the verge of being relegated to La Liga 2 next season as they are last in the 20-team league standings with 29 points -- six behind 17th-place Cadiz with three games remaining.
Kickoff at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Real Madrid is the -220 favorite (risk $220 to win $100) in the latest Real Madrid vs. Levante odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Levante is the +525 underdog. A 90-minute draw is priced at +390 and the over-under for total goals scored is 3.5. Before locking in any Levante vs. Real Madrid picks, you need to see what proven soccer insider Jon Eimer has to say.
Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. The Indiana-based handicapper is on a 34-11 roll on his soccer picks for SportsLine, returning over $1,500 for $100 bettors during that span.
Now, Eimer has taken a close look at the Real Madrid vs. Levante matchup and just locked in his coveted picks and prediction. You can head to SportsLine now to see Eimer's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Levante vs. Real Madrid:
- Real Madrid vs. Levante spread: Real Madrid -1.5 (+105)
- Real Madrid vs. Levante over-under: 3.5 goals
- Real Madrid vs. Levante money line: Real Madrid -220, Levante +525, Draw +390
- RM: Los Blancos scored at least three goals in five straight matches across all competitions before Sunday's loss
- LEV: The Frogs have allowed a league-high 67 tallies this season
Why you should back Real Madrid
It's understandable that Los Blancos were uninspired against Atletico Madrid after having captured their 35th La Liga title and earned the opportunity to win the Champions League crown for a record 14th time. But don't expect them to just roll over as they wrap up their season as Benzema figures to be back in the lineup and attempt to continue his torrid scoring pace. The 34-year-old French forward leads La Liga with 26 goals and ranks second with 11 assists.
Benzema has been held without a tally in only two of his last 14 contests across all competitions as he has recorded a total of 19 goals and posted five multi-goal performances over that stretch. He notched a pair of assists in Real Madrid's 3-3 draw against Levante earlier this season while Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior, who is second on the team with 14 tallies, scored twice. Another player who has been hot of late is Rodrygo, a 21-year-old Brazilian winger who produced two goals in back-to-back contests before being kept in check on Sunday.
Why you should back Levante
The Frogs have earned four points in their last two games as they battled Valencia to a 1-1 draw before posting a 2-1 victory against Real Sociedad last Friday. Gonzalo Melero was the hero in the win, scoring in the 90th minute to raise his season total to five goals and pull even with Roger Marti - who scored against Real Madrid in August - for second on the team. The 28-year-old midfielder, who recorded two goals in each of his first two La Liga seasons, is two away from matching his 2020-21 total.
Melero may get some chances to score on Thursday since most of Real Madrid's focus is likely to be on Jose Luis Morales. The 34-year-old winger is Levante's top offensive threat as he leads the club with 12 goals and is one shy of the career high he set last season. Morales was kept off the scoresheet by Real Sociedad after registering five goals and four assists over his previous five matches.
How to make Levante vs. Real Madrid picks
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