MX23RW : Wednesday, August 22 04:06:57
Sep 9, 2017 at 12pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Attendance: 67,789
Real Madrid
1-1
Levante
Vazquez (36')
Ramos (55'), Carvajal (66')
Marcelo (88')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Lopez (12')
Lerma (45'), Alegria (47'), Boateng (60')

Team News: Gareth Bale on Real Madrid bench

Gareth Bale is named among the substitutes as Real Madrid welcome Levante to the Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale has been named among the substitutes as Real Madrid welcome Levante to the Bernabeu in Saturday's early La Liga kickoff.

The Welshman, who has come under fire from a section of the Los Blancos fanbase in recent weeks, is one of five players dropped by manager Zinedine Zidane following the 2-2 draw with Valencia before the international break.

Lucas Vazquez earns a recall in Bale's stead in the front three, which sees him join up with Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, who bagged both goals against Los Che. Cristiano Ronaldo remains out of contention through suspension.

Isco also drops down to the bench and Luka Modric is rested as Zidane brings in Marcos Llorente to work alongside Toni Kroos and Marcelo, who is playing in a more advanced role on the left wing.

Skipper Sergio Ramos returns from a one-game ban to displace Casemiro as partner for Nacho in the heart of defence, while Dani Carvajal continues on the right and Theo Hernandez comes in at left-back.

One other change sees Kiko Casilla earn a recall between the sticks as Keylor Navas misses out on the matchday squad.

For the visitors, Juan Muniz makes two alterations from the side that claimed a 2-2 draw at home to Deportivo La Coruna last time out, switching to an expected 5-4-1 formation.

Alex Alegria continues to lead the line for the Frogs, while summer signing Ivi Lopez comes into the midfield after scoring from the spot against Depor, with Enis Bardhi dropping to the bench and Jose Luis Morales out through suspension.

Jose Campana, Jason and Jefferson Lerma keep their spots in the middle of the park, while Rober is the extra man in the back five, joining Ivan Lopez, Chema, Sergio Postigo and Antonio Tono. Raul continues in goal.

Real Madrid: Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Theo Hernandez; Llorente, Kroos, Marcelo; Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio
Subs: Luca, Vallejo, Bale, Casemiro, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos

Levante: Raul; Ivan, Tono, Postigo, Rober, Chema; Lerma, Ivi, Jason, Campana; Alegria
Subs: Oier, Samuel, Bardhi, Pedro Lopez, Lukic, Boateng, Luna

Keep up with all of the action from the Bernabeu this afternoon with Sports Mole's live text commentary here.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sevilla11004133
2Barcelona11003033
3Levante11003033
4Real Madrid11002023
5Athletic Bilbao11002113
6Huesca11002113
7Real Sociedad11002113
8Atletico MadridAtletico10101101
9Celta Vigo10101101
10Espanyol10101101
11Valencia10101101
12GironaGirona10100001
13Real Valladolid10100001
14EibarEibar100112-10
15Leganes100112-10
16Villarreal100112-10
17Getafe100102-20
18Rayo Vallecano100114-30
19AlavesAlaves100103-30
20Real Betis100103-30

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