Levante – Sevilla SOCCER PICKS
Levante and Sevilla meet at Ciudad de Valencia Stadium, in a match for the 5th 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 27-04-2018, for the First Division, which ended with the victory of Levante by (2-1). Roger Martí (11 ‘) and José Luis Morales (74’) scored the goals of the game, for Levante, and Carlos Fernández (16 ‘), for Sevilla.
After 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 11 th position, with 4 points won. In their last match, they lost with Espanyol out by (1-0), after in the previous match they tied for (2-2) at home, in a match against Valencia. In the last 10 home matches Levante has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 3 of the last 4 matches. attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 18 of the last 21 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals.
The Levante comes to this unmotivated day, after having added a defeat, 1-0, in the visit to Espanyol. It is important to emphasize that the locals no longer win three matches in a row. In this reception to Sevilla, coach Paco López must maintain the usual tactical design, that is, the 4-4-2, with Martí and Boateng being the most offensive references of the team: the first player is very powerful and exempt at the time of Finalize. For this game the local coach does not have Coke and Sadiku, both injured.
The away team is currently in the 12 th position of the league, with 4 points won, after 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Real Betis, by (1-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Getafe, by (0-2). In the last match they played for the UEFA Europa League, they beat Standard at home (5-1). In the last 10 away matches Sevilla has 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses. The team has conceded goals in 3 of the last 4 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, and their attack needs to improve, as they have not scored goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition. In the last 6 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Sevilla left for this game with a great victory, 5-1, at the reception at St. Liège, in a game for the Europa League. It is important to note that the visitors lost the last two games played in the Spanish championship. In this visit to the terrain of Levante, coach Pablo Machín must use a more offensive strategy, with a high block, exploring any space to apply the attack. The young André Silva is one of the highlights of the visitors, being the best score, with 3 goals scored. For this game the coach has the absences of Escudero, Mercado and Escudero, all with physical problems.