Levante – Real Sociedad SOCCER PICKS
Levante and Real Sociedad meet at Ciudad de Valencia Stadium, in a match for the 12 th round of the First Division. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there was 1 draw and 1 win for each team in the last 3 matches. But the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 21-09-2017, for the First Division, which ended with the victory of Levante by (3-0). Chema (45 ‘), José Luis Morales (75’) and E. Bardhi (89 ‘) scored the Levante goals. The Real Sociedad presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
After 5 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, the home team is currently in the 7 th position, with 17 points won. In their last match, they tied with Villarreal by (1-1), after in the previous match they won by (2-0) at home, in a match against CD Leganés. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 24 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 28 conceded. In the last 5 home league matches Levante has a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, so they have won 7 points out of 15 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. 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 11 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Levante comes to this game after a stranger draw, a ball, in the visit to Villarreal. It is possible that the local team prefers the left lateral runner to attack, taking advantage of the depth offered by the left lateral defender Toño. Despite being a team that likes to play in their own midfield, it also gets out very easily for the counterattack. The coach of the premises will not be able to count on Sadiku, Rochinam, Vukcevic and Erick Cabaco, to be injured.
After 3 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses, the away team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 13 points won. In their last match, they tied with Sevilla at home (0-0), after in the previous match they lost out in a match against Atlético Madrid, by (2-0). 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, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 19 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 17 suffered. For the league, Real Sociedad won 10 points out of 18 possible points, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 6 matches as a visitor. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively.
The Real Sociedad enters this performance after a draw at home, to zero, at the reception to Sevilla. It is possible that the visiting team prefers the left lateral corridor to attack, taking advantage of the depth offered by the left lateral defender Theo Hernández. Despite being a team that likes to play in its own midfield, it also manages to leave very easily for the counterattack. Of note that in the defensive moment Real Sociedad is usually a very aggressive team, giving little space to its rivals. The coach of the visitors will not be able to count on Merquelanz, Luca Sangalli, Mikel Merino and Zaldua, for being injured.