La Liga Match Preview: Levante vs. Malaga

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Updated: January 9, 2014
Bernd Schuster

Match Date: 12 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue:  Ciudad de Valencia

 

Levante

Only one victory breaks Levante’s seemingly monotonous, defeat-dominated streak from weeks 12 through 18. The unimpressive form makes the side barely appealing to supporters and online bookies alike. To date, they have only acquired five victories and five draws, with the rest (eight) of their matches ending in a loss. They currently rank in the table’s bottom half (12th).

 

Agonizing on both their weak defense and frail attack, Les Granotes will have difficulty thrashing ‘much superior’ clubs. They flaunt no considerable abilities in any pitch skills, but instead, have well-pronounced incapability in defending against long shots, aerial duels, and finishing scoring chances.

 

Malaga

Kicking off the year with a loss from Atletico Madrid, Bernd Schuster’s men have yet again displayed a loophole in the consistency department. The current 11th placers may have only been in the relegation zone once (on week 2), but they have nevertheless incurred more defeats than victories or draws. Their record stands at W5-D5-L8, scoring 19 goals, conceding 23, and earning total points of 20.

 

Malaga’s loss to Atletico Madrid 0-1 was apparently crushing to them, but riveting to their opponents—who were able to top the rankings (at least for 24 hours) after adding three new points to their scoreboard. Atletico’s Koke was the only one who scored in the encounter.

 

Online betting tip: Nearly identical in terms of capacity, form, and scoring abilities, Levante and Malaga will embark on a very tight encounter. While any of the sides could earn a narrow win from the other, the meeting could potentially end in a stalemate.

 

Malaga coach Bernd Schuster | Image source: Zimbio