Espanyol vs. Levante / La Liga – A very similar start of the season for these two teams who have celebrated twice, but Levante has one draw more, so they are with one point better and above their host on the table. The difference is that Espanyol started with three games without a win, so they played somewhat better, though they were defeated in the last round. Levante was without a defeat in the first five rounds, but they lost the previous two duels. Two seasons ago they met for the last time and then Levante celebrated with 2-1 at home and it was 1-1 in Barcelona. Begins: 13.10.2017. – 21:00 CET
Espanyol has performed badly in the first three rounds and they only won one point, but then they played three very good matches and won seven points, so it was really a shame that they had to play against Real in the previous round, so their series was interrupted and they were defeated with 2-0. It has to be said that they had a very tough schedule so far and they have played with four very strong rivals, Sevilla, Barcelona, Villarreal and Real and they did not overcome anyone, but they played a draw with Sevilla and Villarreal.
They could not do much with Barcelona and Real, and they made a big blunder when they lost to Leganes at home. Coach Flores was, after a victory over Deportivo, forced to change the starting lineup due to Piatti's injury. He should now be ready now, while Navarro and Ouarte are still recovering, and Vs. Sanchez and Javi Lopez will probably miss this match.
Probable lineups Espanyol: Pau Lopez – Navarro, S.Sanchez, Hermoso, Martin – J.Fuego, Darder, Piatti, Jurado – Baptistao, G.Moreno
Levante has played very good five rounds and they showed that they do not want to be passers-by in their retirement season in La Liga. They had very difficult rivals, and the fact that they have won twice, and played three draws does not diminish the value of achievement in these five rounds, because they, for example, played a draw with Real and Valencia. In the previous two rounds, they experienced a fall and lost twice in a row, without scoring any goals. Two rounds ago, Betis broke them completely with 4-0, and then they lost to Alaves in the last round at home with 2-0.
After a catastrophe in Sevilla, coach Muniz did not make any changes and only midfielder Ivi was out of action due to injury. The break in the championship was good and Ivi managed to recover, as well as their defensive midfielder Lerma who is now ready for the match. They are still having some problems with injuries such as Jason, Sam Garcia, or Marti, so there should not be too much change except for returning Lerma and Ivi in the team.
Probable lineups Levante: R.Fernandez – P.Lopez, Postigo, Chema, Tono – Lerma, Campana – Ivi, Bardhi, Morales – Alex Alegria
Espanyol vs. Levante PICK
Levante has one point more, but Espanyol played more difficult matches and their current form seems to be better, and it should be enough to defeat Levante at home, who lost the last two duels.
Pick: Espanyol wins
Odds: 1.83 at bet365 (down to 1.73 can be played)