Levante – Lugo SOCCER PICKS
Levante and Lugo measured forces at the Ciudad de Valencia Stadium, in a return leg of this phase of the Copa del Rey (16th Finals), after a draw by (1-1) in the first leg. The history of recent direct confrontations between these two teams indicates total balance, since there was 1 draw and 1 win for each team in the last 3 matches. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Levante presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team comes to this match back in advantage, after a draw as a visitor by (1-1), so a draw is enough for less than 1 goal to confirm the qualification to the next phase. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home win against Athletic Club by (3-0). In the last 10 home matches Levante has won 5, tied 1 and lost 4. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. scored regularly, as he always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, as 18 of the last 21 matches they have played have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which they suffered the first goal.
Levante brings this match with a great victory, 3-0, in the reception to Athletic Bilbao, returning to the triumphs after four consecutive matches without beating: the goals were scored by Martí, Campaña and Chema. We remember that in the first leg of these round of sixteen, the Levante drew at Lugo’s home by 1-1. The home club must align in a tactical system equal to the last game, that is, in 3-5-2, favoring possession of the ball and attacks by the wings: Ruben Rochina is very fast and competent in the transport of the ball to the attack. On the other hand, forward Roger Martí is the best scorer of Levante in all competitions, with 8 goals scored. For this game the local coach can not count on the injured Doukoure, Sadiku and Postigo.
The away team comes to this second leg at a disadvantage, because despite the draw in the first leg they suffered 1 goal at home. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 13 conceded; against 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 18 conceded. The team comes to this match after a loss to Osasuna by (1-0). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, the Lugo won 3, drew 3 and lost 4. In 15 games, he never got the comeback in the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions there are 3 periods that stand out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘); He suffered 3 of his 8 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘) and 3 of his 8 between (16′-30’).
Lugo arrives at this unmotivated match, after having registered a 1-0 defeat in the displacement to the Osasuna field. Analyzing the 10 previous games it is possible to verify that the visitors only registered 3 victories. In this game against Levante, a team of the first division, coach Alberto Monteagudo must maintain the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-4-2, however, favoring direct football for the attack. Midfielder Carlos Pita is the best scorer of Lugo in all competitions, with 4 goals scored. Apparently, the coach can not count on Latorre, Leuko and Emeterio, all injured.