Levante vs Valencia Date and Time: Friday, March 12, 2021 8PM (UK Time) Venue: Estadi Ciutat de Valencia Prediction: Valencia
Levante and Valencia face each other in the local derby at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on Friday evening. Levante was producing fine displays in February, but they head into the Valencian derby following a 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad. You should bear in mind that Levante failed to win the previous five home games in the Spanish top flight.
Valencia has not been in La Liga action since drawing 1-1 away to Deportivo Alaves on March 6, but they were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 just before the campaign was suspended, suffering a 4-3 home defeat to Italian side Atalanta BC to lose 8-4 on aggregate.
Los Che, as a result, only has the league to focus on in the final weeks of the season, and they will be desperate to claim a top-four finish. Albert Celades’s side has lost seven times in the league this term but is very much in contention for a Champions League spot at this stage. Indeed, just four points separate them from fourth-placed Sociedad, while they are only five points off second-placed Sevilla.
The six-time Spanish champions have beaten Real Betis and drawn with Alaves in their last two league matches, while they are unbeaten in Spain’s top flight at the Mestalla this season, winning eight and drawing six of their 14 fixtures, which has given them the third-best home record in the division. There will certainly be an added incentive for Valencia on Friday as they prepare to welcome their local rivals, and Los Che has been victorious in the last two Valencian derbies in Spain’s top flight.
Levante has finished 15th in each of the last two La Liga seasons, but Paco Lopez’s side is potentially on course for their highest position since the 2013-14 campaign when they claimed 10th. Ten wins, three draws, and 14 defeats are how Levante have performed in Spain’s top flight this term. Only two teams, Mallorca and Espanyol have suffered more losses, but a record of 10 victories sees them clear of the relegation zone as the campaign prepares to restart. Lopez’s team have struggled on the road this season, suffering 11 defeats in their 14 matches, picking up just nine points in the process, which is among the worst records in the division. They lost to Eibar and drew with Granada in their two matches before the season was postponed but did record a famous 1-0 victory over Real Madrid towards the end of February.
Levante will be desperate to bring Valencia’s top-four challenge, but Valencia have been impressive at the Mestalla this season and should have enough to pick up all three points in Friday’s match