La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 30 (Part 5)

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Updated: March 24, 2014
Valencia

Almeria vs. Valencia

Match Date: 27 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Mediterraneo

(Featured image: Valencia | Source: UEFA)

 

Almeria’s La Liga campaign has consistently been mediocre at best. They have already spent nearly a dozen weeks in the relegation zone and are likely to remain in the same region of the league table as they have shown very little improvements in their pitch maneuvers. They have a loose grip of the ball, fail in aerial duels, make plenty of errors, lose sight of set pieces, and unable to protect the lead. Francisco Rodríguez’s men have little to be proud of.

 

Valencia, in contrast, showcase reasonably magnificent displays. Although they still have to come to terms with their inconsistency issue (not to mention some player health problems), the squad have performed impressive enough to surprise their supporters. They currently rank at number eight, just six points shy of seizing another ticket to the Europa League. They are very resilient, and their recent 2-1 win over Villarreal is testament to that.

 

Online betting tip: Valencia could rule this tourney in a clean sheet.

 

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Levante vs. Real Betis

Match Date: 27 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Ciudad de Valencia

 

Dropping two points and failing to dominate the scoring, Levante may have just lost their chance at making a Europa League appearance after they played out a goalless draw against Espanyol. The match’s start was generally well-received by the audiences for the entertaining but defensive displays it offered, but the match ultimately caused disappointments as none of the scoring chances were successfully converted. As a result, Les Granotes were locked with 37 points (they rank at number nine).

 

A severe health problem haunts Real Betis, which could further exacerbate their already poor showing in La Liga. The relegation candidates have eight men unable to play in their next battles. The list includes Salva Sevilla, Didac Vila, Jose Caro, Igiebor, Nacho, Chuli, Joan Verdu, and Xavi Torres. In addition to these absences, the Beticos have serious challenges to turn around: mediocre abilities to finish scoring chances, weak defense against through ball attacks, and the rampancy of committing errors.

 

Football betting tip: The last time Levante and Betis engaged in a brawl, the scores revealed a deadlock. This time, however, Betis will clearly finish as the underdogs.