Levante v Rayo Vallecano – Estadi Ciutat de València at 12:00 GMT+1 live at Premier Sports
Rayo Vallecano manager Paco Jemez hailed his side after their first league win against Real Madrid in 22 years, breathed life into their relegation battle in La Liga. Despite missing top scorer Raul de Tomas, who was ineligible against his parent club, Rayo dominated their city rivals to keep survival dreams alive.
The side from Vallecas remain six points from safety with only three games to play, although all three fixtures are against direct relegation rivals. The result – and more importantly, performance – has brought renewed hope and confidence to Los Rojiblancos and Paco Jemez was keen to bask in the result last weekend.
“Tonight was a spectacular performance, against one of the best sides in the world. Before this, I had never beaten Real Madrid before in my life. We knew we had to win tonight, or we were relegated and the players responded. We performed above ourselves and we still have a chance to remain in La Liga.”
De Tomas – who was responsible for 39% of their goals before facing his parent club – is available again for Saturday’s contest with Levante, a stereotypical six-pointer at the bottom of the Spanish top-flight. The hosts are in 15th and only two points above the drop having won only four times since October.
Paco Lopez’s troops put in a brave display at champions Barcelona last week but fell short and will be desperate to improve upon a sketchy return when taking on La Liga’s strugglers. Levante have W2-D4-L4 when viewing their efforts against the current bottom-seven in Spain, conceding at least twice in seven games.
Get with the goals
Despite that concerning record, Levante should be confident at their Estadi Ciutat de València home where Los Granotas have suffered just six defeats in 2018/19, three of which arrived against top-six teams. Plus, Rayo Vallecano have been beaten in 13 of their 17 away days since returning to La Liga last summer.
However, I’m happier taking a goals-based approach with Over 2.75 Goals an appealing 1.72. This would see us profit from the match featuring at least three goals, with a half-stakes pay-out earned if exactly three goals are netted, and a full-stakes winner claimed should four or more goals be plundered in Valencia.
Levante’s last six fixtures had produced at least three goals before they went to Barcelona last weekend and Los Granotas have delivered cash back in 13/17 (76%) of their home La Liga ties this term, with an average of 3.47 goals. Ten (59%) of those tussles also paid out in the Both Teams To Score market.
Ten (59%) of Rayo’s away days have also featured Over 2.5 Goals and the visitors’ sense of desperation, coupled with their head coach being renowned for carefree, attack-minded football, should lead us towards an enjoyable and end-to-end encounter where goals prosper.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.720
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.