Valencia vs. Levante / La Liga – The most interesting thing in this duel is that it is a city derby, and as for the state on the table, Valencia is much better and has a twice as good effect as Levante, which is in a position to fight for survival. Common thing to these city rivals is that they are in a very bad shape for a long time without a win, while Valencia played in the Cup from which they were eliminated in the semi-finals, as opposed to Levante which was eliminated in the round of sixteen. The first duel of Valencia and Levante ended with a score of 1-1.Begins: 11.02.2018. – 20:45 CET
A series of defeats of Valencia is now six games, and three of them took place in the Cup. The first defeat by Alaves did not cost them a lot because they passed in the semi-finals of the Cup, but there were two new defeats from Barcelona and they no longer have the chance to win the trophy. They could not parry the Catalans, although they had only suffered minimal defeats at Nou Camp.
They did not score any goals on their field, and with the two received they were eliminated, and now they are completely turning to the championship, where they lost three games in a row and they urgently need one win. Coach Marcelino has tried to play offensively in the rematch against Barcelona, so Rodrigo, Vietto and Zaza were in the team, but they did not do much. Center-back Garay got injured and he will not play in this duel, as well as midfielder Pereira, while Coquelin is also questionable.
Probable lineups Valencia: Neto – Montoya, G.Paulista, R.Vezo, Gaya – Soler, Kondogbia, Parejo, Guedes – Santi Mina, Zaza
Levante has only three wins this season, but the bigger problem is that they have achieved the third in mid-November against Las Palmas. Since then, they have only recorded defeats and draws in the championship and they have played a total of ten matches. We did not count the Cup there in which they made one win, however, they were eliminated, so it did not matter anymore. What can be a little encouraging is that they played draws in two previous rounds with a score of 2-2. First against Deportivo away after losing with 2-0, and then against Real Madrid on their field and that point has a great value, and in that duel they were losing twice.
Before these two draws, they had a very difficult time scoring goals, but they brought some interesting reinforcements during this winter, so they hope that after returning to elite rank, they will not be back in Segunda after just one season. New striker Pazzini was a hero of the draw with Real because he scored the goal in the finish after entering from the bench. Chema and Campana are now returning to the team after their suspensions.
Probable lineups Levante: Olazabal – Coke, Chema, Postigo, Luna – Lukic, Campana, Doukoure – Morales, Boateng, Ivi
Valencia vs. Levante PICK
Both teams are in bad form and are without a win for a long time, but Valencia is now a favourite, because they are a much better quality team and they are the hosts, where Levante has not surprised them for a long time. And beside the two draws, we do not believe that Levante can again avoid defeat.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1 Valencia
Odds: 1.89 at bet365 (down to 1.80 can be played)
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