Really impressive performance from Levante last round. They were under domination for almost the entire game but still managed to win away at Sevilla (3-2).
All of Levante’s players are in top form. From keeper Navas who is a wall by himself and even stops penalties to forward Barral who dazzle opponents with his dribbling moves and speed.
Almost all players take part in the defensive phase allowing Levante to successfully cope with constant pressure. When it comes to scoring goals Levante rely mainly on counters or set pieces. Increased ball control, precision and speed allow Levante’s offensive players to be pragmatic and convert every chance they have.
Levante will have to do without suspended midfielder Karabelas (not important).
As expected Rayo Vallecano suffered a 2nd consecutive defeat last round against Atletico Madrid. Rayo use a modern 4-2-3-1 system but have only 1 real defensive midfielder. So they have about 5 players who are more focused on the offensive phase. As a result they have the weakest defense in Primera so far (51 goals conceded) with an average of 2.42 goals conceded per game.
Against a team like Levante, who is able to defend with lucidity, such an offensive approach will be suicidal. Furthermore Rayo will miss important offensive player Jonathan Viera who suffered an injury last round. On the other hand they will welcome back Adrian Gonzalez who was suspended last week.
Both teams will make their usual game. Rayo will attack with half the team like always, and Levante will successfully reject any incoming danger and strike deadly on counters. Home win at 5/4 from Stan James is definitely worth some medium stakes.
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