Relegation candidates Levante host Espanyol on the matchday 34 of the Spanish Primiera Division fixture on Friday, 15th April 2016 at 19:30 GMT.
Levante fell to a narrow loss at Real Betis last week and are now without a win in three matches in the league. With 25 points, they are bottom of the league and are desperate for a win here and they still have a good chance of escaping the relegation this season.
Espanyol are coming on the back of a 3-1 home defeat against Atletico Madrid and are 15th in the league table with 36 table and are currently free of any relegation threat. They have little to play for this season other than a high finish in the bottom half of the table.
Levante: Form Guide
Levante are without a win in their last three La Liga matches, with 2 defeats and a draw. And they haven’t scored a goal in their last two games.
They have won just once win in their last 7 matches and managed a meagre 5 points from a possible 21 during the period.
Levante’s home form is slightly better lately, as they have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 2 from their last 5 matches at Ciutat de València.
Espanyol: Form Guide
The home defeat to Atletico Madrid is their first loss in 5 matches. Espanyol’s form in the last 5 La Liga matches read 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. The Barcelona based outfit have scored atleast a goal in each of their last 5 matches.
Away from home, Espanyol are unbeaten in their last three, with a win and two draws in their last two. Prior to those three, they lost 9 away La Liga matches in a row.
Levante: Team News
Verza and Zouhair Feddal are back after serving their bans, while Iván López and Toño are suspended.
There were some controversy during last weekend as Simao, Feddal and Deyverson were caught partying until late hours of Saturday night, but all the three are expected to start here.
Levante Predicted Line-up (4-4-2):
Marino – Juanfran, Medjani, Feddal, Lerma – Morales, Simao, Verza, Verdu – Deyverson, Rossi.
Espanyol: Team News
Anaitz Arbilla is the only player absent for Espanyol with an injury as head-coach Constantin Galca has the luxury of a fully fit squad.
Hernan Perez is back after serving his ban and could start in the right hand side of the attack alongside Marco Asensio and Gerard Moreno.
Espanyol Predicted Line-up (4-3-3):
Pau – Rubén Duarte, Óscar Duarte, Gonzalez, Javi Lopez – Sanchez, Diop, Abraham – Perez, Asensio, Moreno.
Levante vs Espanyol: Head-to-Head Stats
Espanyol are undefeated in the last 6 matches against Levante in all competitions, which reads 2 wins and 4 draws in favor of the blue and whites.
Levante are unbeaten in the last 8 home matches against Espanyol in all competitions, with 4 wins and 4 draws.
Espanyol’s last win at Levante in a competitive match was in October 2004.
Levante vs Espanyol: Prediction
Levante haven’t lost a home game to Espanyol for almost 12 years and this could definitely boost their confidence as they are in desperate search of points to avoid relegation.
Espanyol are not in any sorts of form and they are highly unpredictable, but they have found the knack of drawing games away from home. And they will be looking to come out of something from Friday night’s encounter.
It is hard to separate the two teams on current form, but Levante are expected to keep their unbeaten record against Espanyol. A draw could be a fair result, but it hardly help Levante to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.
My prediction for this match is a 1-1 draw and expect to see under 2.5 goals.