Levante v Eibar – Estadi Ciutat de València at 15:00 GMT +1
Levante were amongst the most entertaining sides to watch in La Liga last season as the 125 goals total across their 38-games was only second to the 126-goal tally in Barcelona’s fixtures. And Paco Lopez’s posse have been to take on that mantle again in the early stages of the new season in Spain.
Los Granotas opened their account with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Alaves but showed plenty of promise, firing in 16 attempts in their curtain-raiser and enjoying 63% of the ball. The club from Valencia generated a healthy Expected Goals (xG) figure and accumulated a mass of efforts from inside the box.
Levante have since earned plenty of reward for their cavalier approach. A return to their Ciutat de Valencia home saw Los Granotas bag back-to-back triumphs over Villarreal (2-1) and Valladolid (2-0), before Paco Lopez’s men gave Real Madrid a fright in the second-half at the Bernebeau, eventually going down 3-2.
Saturday afternoon’s hosts were the league’s fourth top goalscorers in 2018/19 with as many as 12 different players netting more than once. As home, only three teams averaged more goals per-game but issues arise at the back; Levante leaked the second-most goals last term, although xG suggested they should have conceded at least 13 goals more.
Eibar struggling to get going
Eibar have established themselves in La Liga after their first season in the top-flight back in 2014/15, finishing 10th, ninth and 12th over the past three campaigns under the astute leadership of Jose Luis Mendilibar. With the current head coach in situ, the Basque club will continue to punch above their weight.
Nevertheless, the minnows have so far struggled to get their season up-and-running, collecting a solitary point from 12 against Mallorca, Osasuna, Atletico Madrid and Espanyol. Clearly, the underdogs are capable of picking up positive results against at least three of those opponents with defensive issues at fault.
Bar a goalless draw at Osasuna, Los Armeros have leaked at least twice in three games, although the Basque boys have managed to get on the scoresheet themselves in those matches, rewarding Over 2.5 Goals backers in each encounter. The open nature means goals are again appealing here on Saturday.
Over 2.5 Goals has been chalked up at an attractive 1.81. It’s a selection that’s paid out in five of the pairs eight outings already this term as Both Teams To Score has proven just profitable. Meanwhile, since the start of last season, a huge 16/21 (76%) of Levante’s games here have broken the Over 2.5 Goals barrier with 11 (52%) also producing at least four goals.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 Goals at 1.810
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.