The second game of La Liga round of 28 sees Valencia host Levante in the “Derby del Turia.”
The hosts head into the game on the back of one win in eight games in all competition and will be looking to get their season back on track. They sit in seventh place with 42 points from 27 games.
Levante are sitting in thirteenth place with 33 points from 27 games. They head into the game on the back of two wins in their last five games in all competition.
Though they are not in any relegation fight, the visitors will be looking to climb further up the table and perhaps attain a mid-table finish by the end of the season.
Albert Celades will be without Geoffrey Kondogbia, who misses out through suspension while Cristiano Piccini is an injury doubt for this tie. Ezequiel Garay remains the only long term injury absentee.
For Levante, Ivan Lopez is the only injury absentee.
Head to Head
Valencia hold a superior head to head in this tie with three wins in the last five with the others ending in a draw.
Valencia last five games in all competition: LDWLL
Levante last five games in all competition: DLWLW
The home team are still fighting for a place in Europe and will be looking to pick up all three points in this encounter. Their run of one win in five will make this tie an absolute most-win for Albert Celade’s side.
In the 14 games played at the Estadio de Mestalla this season, the hosts have won scoring 23 goals in that period. They also are one of the three teams unbeaten at home in the league this season (W8, D6).
Los Murcelagos are slow starters with just 12 goals to their name at the first 45 minutes of league games this season. Their run of seven first-half wins (D11, 9L) sees them take 30 points form the first half of matches against the 42 they have ended within the second half of games.
Levante meanwhile are one of the worst teams in the league away from home. They have taken only nine points in 14 away games this season, with three wins (D0, L11).
They are also one of the least scoring sides in the league this season, with a total of 32 in 27 games. Thirteen of these goals have come in 14 away games—an average of 0.93 goals per away match.
Paco López have not won at Estadio de Mestalla in 17 tries (D5, L12) and are outsiders for this tie, having lost their previous five away games in the league.
The visitors have conceded an average of 2.0 goals away from home this season. They also are slow starters on the road, with 15 points from the first half of 14 of their road travels. In each of their last three away games in La Liga, they have conceded the opener by the 30th minute. Also, all of the away trips in which they conceded first have ended in defeat for them.
Valencia to win both half @ 7/4
Valencia to win @ 8/11
Over 1.5 Goals @ 1/5