Los Blancos will still be smarting from last weekend,
Santiago Solari made too many changes for a defeat which left his third-place side two points adrift of Atletico and nine behind leaders Barcelona.
Levante, managed by Paco Lopez, claimed a big away victory over Celta Vigo last time out and sit 12th,
seven points above the relegation zone and six off a top-six spot.
If Los Blancos are to have any hope of regaining the Primera Division title, they surely cannot afford another defeat
Real Madrid’s challenge for the Primera Division title will surely be over if they fail to overcome Levante away from home on Sunday.
Los Blancos fell nine points behind leaders Barcelona after they were stunned 2-1 at home by Girona in a match that saw Sergio Ramos sent off late on.
Levante, meanwhile, ended a poor sequence of results with a stunning 4-1 win over Celta Vigo last Saturday, pushing them further into the middle of the Primera Division table.
Team News of Levante vs Real Madrid
Isco resumed first-team training on Friday and is inching closer to a return following a back injury.
However, Marcos Llorente remains sidelined with a groin issue and Ramos is suspended.
Solari’s alterations – which included leaving the likes of Dani Carvajal, Gareth Bale and Vinícius Júnior on the bench – backfired in a big way against Girona,
though the looming prospect of consecutive Clasico derbies means he may have to field another understrength side here.
Levante, meanwhile, will be without Sergio Postigo and Coke Andujar is a doubt. Erick Cabaco is back after suspension, but Borja Mayoral will not play against his parent club.
Levante could have some serious issues in their defence, where Tono Garcia has been ruled out and there are big doubts over Coke and Sergio Postigo.
Elsewhere in their team, there are not such headaches, although Borja Mayoral is missing and Ruben Rochina may follow.
Levante starting XI: Abarisketa; Cabaco, Rober, Vezo; Simon, Vukcevic, Campana, Bardhi, Luna; Morales, Roger.
Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Nach, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Vinicius.
Score prediction: Levante 1-3 Real Madrid
TV channel and live stream online coverage
In the UK, Levante vs Real Madrid will be broadcast free to air on ITV4 as a result of a new deal announced by ITV on Friday.
You can also follow all the action with NewGesry Sport’s LIVE blog.
These two teams have met on 22 previous occasions, with Real Madrid boasting 19 wins to Levante’s two. There has been one draw.
Both LaLiga fixtures were drawn in 2017-18 before Levante scored two early goals to win 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in October.
That was a fourth loss in five matches for Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked two games later.