Valencia v Levante Preview

January 3, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPrimera La Liga action Saturday Night comes from the Estadio de Mestalla featuring Malaga versus Atletico Madrid.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Valencia v Levante Preview, Primera La Liga, Saturday 4th January 2014

Valencia are having a very frustrating and difficult season and will be hoping that 2014 brings a change in their luck as at the moment the club has no real chance of qualification to any European Competition’s for next season as they languish down in 11th position of the Primera league table.

Levante are very much in the same situation as their hosts as they currently occupy 13th position of the Primera league table, but will be aware that they can move up above Valencia with a victory on Saturday night and that should be all the incentive needed for the Levante players to put 100% into this game.

Valencia v Levante Team News

Valencia Team News:

Valencia have no reported injuries or suspensions for this game so expect manager Juan Antonio Pizzi to play his strongest lineup available which should see Jonas Oliviera leading the attack up front in a 4-2-3-1 formation with support in behind coming from Piatti, Cartabai and Feghouli.

Striker Jonas Oliviera is the clubs leading top goalscorer this season with 8.

Levante Team News:

The visitors have a number of casualties for this game with Aloys Nong, Papa Diawara and Hector Rodas all unavailable as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems with Juanfran is also missing as he serves a suspension after being sent off in the 3-2 defeat away against Atletico Madrid last time out.

4-2-3-1 is the likely formation that manager Joaquín Caparrós will deploy for this game which should see David Barral leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Ivanschitz, Garcia and Nabil El Zhar.

Midfielder Nabil El Zhar is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 4.

Valencia v Levante Head to Head Statistics

Saturday nigth’s game from the Estadio de Mestalla will become the 15th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Valencia have won 7 times (3 at the Estadio de Mestalla), Levante have won 2 times (0 at the Estadio de Mestalla), and there has been 5 draws (4 at the Estadio de Mestalla).

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show Valencia with a slight advantage having won 2 times with Levante having managed just the 1 victory and the remaining 2 games having finished all square.

02/03/13 PRD Valencia – Levante 2 : 2
07/10/12 PRD Levante – Valencia
1 : 0
01/04/12 PRD Valencia – Levante 1 : 1
26/01/12 CDR Levante – Valencia
0 : 3
19/01/12 CDR Valencia – Levante 4 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

36 goals (17 goals at the Estadio de Mestalla) have been scored in the previous 14 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average overall goals per game statistic of 2.57 and an average goals per game statistic of 2.42 from the 7 games played at the Estadio de Mestalla which suggests that we are only likely to see one or two goals scored in this game Saturday night.

Valencia v Levante Recent Form (Left to Right)

Valenica: D D L W L

Levante: L L W W L

Levante have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 2 of their previous 5 games played. Valencia have managed just the 1 victory from their previous 5 matches played, although Valencia have only lost 2 of these compared to Levante who have lost 3.

Valencia v Levante Match Betting Odds Market.

Valencia have never lost against Levante at the Estadio de Mestalla, but their current best price of 8/15 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) offers no value for me as this season’s side is one of the weakest Valencia have had for many years and if those statistics were ever going to change, it could be in this game on Saturday night.

The Draw is certainly a result worth being on here as your main cover bet as there has been plenty of draws between these two clubs at the Estadio de Mestalla over the years and for me this game has a very good chance of finishing all square on Saturday night and at a current best price of 7/2 with Betfred (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) this is the value play for me.

Levante are not expected to win this game at a current best price of 7/1 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers), but with Valencia a mere shadow of the side they have been over the years, the Levante players will certainly fancy their chances of adding more misery to the hosts season and for me are certainly not without a chance of winning this game.

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Valencia v Levante Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Valencia are expected to win this game as with never having been beaten by Levante at the Estadio de Mestalla and desperately needing to turn their season around if they are to stand any real chance of qualification to Europe next season, this really is a must win game for Juan Antonio Pizzi as another defeat could see him shown the door.

Levante were unfortunate losers in their last game when going down 3-2 away to Atletico Madrid and although they will be without Juanfran who was sent off in that game, they still have the players available in their squad to win this match in my opinion on saturday night.

However, with a lot of games these two clubs have played at the Estadio de Mestalla having finished all square and both sides desperate not to lose, this match could certainly follow the trend and finish up all tied come the full time whistle and this does seem to be the value play here at generous odds especially with the goal statistics suggesting a tight game, with only maybe one or two goals scored.

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