Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Athletic BilbaoReuters

Real Madrid will look to move to within a point of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table with a victory at Levante on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti's men have hit their stride in recent times, looking lethal in front of goal with that ridiculous attacking talent at their disposal.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez will look to turn on the style again, even in the absence of their number one choice striker Karim Benzema, who will miss the game with flu.

Raphael Varane also hasn't been named in the squad, but Ancelotti welcomes back Sami Khedira from a long-term problem.

"Khedira has returned and made a complete recovery from the problem he had with his hamstring," said Ancelotti. "He is ready to play, but he is still not fully fit. He has gotten over his injury and can give us more strength in the centre of the park."

Levante haven't done too well this season in the La Liga, managing just five points in seven games, but Ancelotti is not taking their opponents lightly, despite scoring goals for fun this season, albeit despite conceding a few as well.

"We have to be at our Real Madrid best in order to beat Levante," said the Italian. "We have to play with a lot of intensity. We are focused on this match. We haven't had any unusual problems, except for Varane and Benzema, who both woke up with fevers and are unlikely to be available.

"The rest of the squad is in good shape and we can maintain the streak of form we were enjoying before the international break, but it will be difficult because Levante is a brave and strong side at home.

"They are a team that likes to pass the ball around, they are aggressive in the centre of the pitch and are very fast on the break. While their playing style has changed since last year, if we think it will be an easy game, it will be impossible to win.

"In order to be at our best we have to approach it as a tough game because it will be. This season's high-scoring victories came about because the team has worked really well together."

Real Madrid will want to do as well as they can without exerting too much energy against Levante, as next up is Liverpool in the Champions League, before the biggest one of them all – Barcelona, where Luis Suarez is expected to make his comeback from the ban.

Where to Watch Live

The La Liga match is set for a 4 pm local time (7.30 pm IST, 10 am ET) start with live coverage on the Star Sports 1in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online in India on Catch the action in the UK on Sky Sports 5, with the option to live stream the match online on Watch Sky Sports or Sky Go.

Viewers in the US and Canada can watch the La Liga game on Bein Sports USA and Bein Sports Canada respectively, while the encounter can also be live streamed on Bein Sports ConnectTV. Audience in the Middle East and North Africa can catch the action via live streaming on Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same Supersport Online.

Also read