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Real Madrid vs Levante: Three things that will shape La Liga game

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Real Madrid host Levante in the middle of an injury crisis which could level the playing field somewhat.

The Santiago Bernabeu isn't the happiest of hunting grounds for the visitors, having won just once there in the last decade, a 1-0 victory in 2007.

Lucas Alcaraz will adopt his usual five-man midfield in the Spanish capital and aim to frustrate Los Blancos throughout.

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It might not be pretty but if it brings them a point or more, there'll be no complaints.

Let's take a look at three things that could shape the outcome to this one...

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History against Levante

Three wins in 10 years and only one at this ground gives a hint to the size of the task awaiting Levante.

They always seem to huff and puff against Real but never seem to have quite enough to blow the door down.

Even if their defence and midfield are able to produce the goods, rarely have their attackers followed suit.

Of the 17 games played between the sides in the last decade, Levante have drawn a blank in eight of them and scored just once in five more.

Just six goals in seven La Liga games so far this season indicates that the problem still hasn't gone away.

Walking wounded

Real haven't seen anything like this for quite some time.

Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, James Rodriguez and Danilo. 

All are either injured or carrying a knock so can't be relied upon to be at their maximum if they do manage to make the starting XI in this game.

It does give the chance for other players to stake their claim of course so there is a positive spin that can be put on the situation, but Rafa Benitez would surely prefer all of his first class exponents on the pitch to almost certainly give him the guarantee of three points.

Rotations required?

The one thing that Levante have going in their favour is the return of the Champions League.

A few days after this match, Real travel to France to take on Paris Saint-Germain in their stiffest test so far in this season's competition.

The Spaniards cannot afford to lose the game and to that end Benitez could decide to make a few changes despite the ongoing injury concerns.

Against an ultra defensive opponent, the disjointed nature of a patched up and make do and mend Real could hand the advantage to the visitors.

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