Levante v Espanyol – Estadi Ciutat de València at 11:00 live at Sky Sports
Levante is right in the mix for relegation, and goals have been an issue all season. Only Las Palmas and Malaga have conceded fewer, and both of those sides currently sit in the drop zone.
Just three players have found the net more than once for the Frogs in La Liga this season, and that trio is the teams joint top-scorers with four goals apiece.
A defensively solidity that kept Juan Muniz’s team competitive early in the season seems to have deserted them too. Following the winter break, they conceded at least two goals in seven of eight league games.
Levante lacking solidity and energy
Espanyol comes into this game on the back of a 1-0 win at home to Real Madrid on Tuesday, and a crucial two days extra rest more than their hosts.
Levante comes into this game having played on Monday and Thursday within the last week, and when you’re battling had for survival, this cannot be underestimated.
Conversely, Espanyol had the weekend’s early game last Friday and the early game of the midweek fixtures against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Levante’s home form has been poor since the opening weeks of the season. They are without a win in 11 games at home and have W0-D2-L3 when hosting sides currently in the bottom half.
Espanyol arrive in decent shape
Quique Sanchez-Flores’ visitors are a handy five games unbeaten and have lost just two of their last 12. The Parakeets lost nine-games in La Liga this season, but seven of those came before the winter break.
This becomes even more impressive when you consider both lose in 2018 came three days either side of their two-legged Copa Del Rey quarter-final with rivals Barcelona.
They’re very much built on a solid defensive foundation, although are heavily reliant on Gerard Moreno in the final third. He’s scored 14/28 in all competitions, accounting for 50% of their goals.
However, they’ve scored in five of their last six away games in La Liga and won 2-0 away at Levante in the Copa del Rey earlier this season.
Espanyol is robust and tough-to-beat, and against a Levante who are seemingly lacking that extra spark, it makes sense to keep them onside. We’ll back the away side off a scratch 0 start on the Asian Handicap line at 1.810.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Espanyol DNB at 1.810
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