Levante vs Valencia | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Levante retuned to the Spanish top-flight having won promotion from the Segunda Division in 2016/17. The Valencia based club were relegated the season before but made an immediate return, winning the league by a huge 14 points from second placed Girona. They will be hoping to enjoy an extended spell in La Liga. Valencia are one of the most well-known La Liga clubs. They have been part of the league for many years and have also contested the Champions League, reaching the final twice and they won the UEFA Cup in 2003/04. Valencia finished in 4th place last season and will be hoping to build on that in this campaign.
Levante will hope for a packed house for the Valencia derby. This is one of their biggest games of the season at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. While Levante are usually the underdogs with meetings against the top La Liga teams, this game gives them the opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the league. Valencia will be juggling La Liga weekend games and Champions League mid-week games this season and that will test the squad. There is little room for error, meaning Marcelino cannot afford to drop points against teams like Levante. A win in this game, especially as it’s a derby match will be the demand of the fans.
Levante made the perfect start to their 2018/19 La Liga campaign with an excellent 3-0 win at Real Betis. They travelled to Seville as the outsiders but Levante produced a tremendous performance to come away with all 3 points. The same cannot be said for their game last weekend and Levante fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Celta Vigo. The fans will be expecting more from the team in this game.
Valencia have endured a difficult start to their La Liga season. The home match against Atletico Madrid was always going to be difficult and in truth, a point was not a bad outcome for Valencia. However, the 2-0 defeat at Espanyol was not acceptable and Valencia will be looking to get back to winning ways and record their first away victory of the season.
Levante vs Valencia | Head-to-Head
This will be the 23rd meeting between Levante and Valencia, with the visitors holding the advantage with 11 wins to Levante’s 5. There have been 6 draws and Valencia have failed to win in their last 5 visits to the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.
Odds and Predictions
Despite their poor record at this venue, Valencia start this match as the favourites to win, priced at 2.00. They are yet to win a game this season and you must go back to 2011 to find the last time they won at Levante. The hosts are out at 3.80 while the draw is on offer at 3.30. Valencia have struggled for goals in La Liga this season, scoring only once in their opening two games. They have also failed to score in three of their last five visits to the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, which is a poor record. You can get 6.00 for Levante to win to nil. Levante will be looking to Jose Luis Morales to score the goals in this game. The Spanish midfielder already has 3 to his name this season and can be backed at 3.60 to score at any time.
Levante vs Valencia | Top Betting Tip: Levante (1-0)
This has the makings of a very tight game, with neither team willing to give much away at the back. However, Levante hold the upper hand when it comes to playing Valencia at home and could sneak a narrow win.