La Liga Preview: Levante and Real Sociedad set for a tight rumble

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Updated: September 4, 2013
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It is impossible to trivialize the impact of La Liga when in fact it is one of the key forces to football’s global emergence. While it serves as a popular diversion for the Spanish populace from work and related stuff, it also plays as a major facet in European, American, and Asian Sportsbooks. In this upcoming match between Levante and Real Sociedad, the league’s significance will again be gauged amid strong hypes from various football audiences worldwide. The tourney will be held on September 15 at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Levante’s home ground.

 

Levante are fighting back

After injuring themselves in their past encounters, Pape Diop and Nabil El Zhar have returned to Levante to conquer another battle. This calls for a bright spot in the club’s midfield, which was made ragtag by Barcelona during the pair’s clash in the season opening. Baba Diawara, on loan from Sevilla, is also now part of the pack. The Granotes are gradually recovering from their 7-0 bankruptcy in their debut campaign for this year’s La Liga, with their follow up match ending in a draw (with Sevilla 0-0) and their third stint giving them their first victory (over Rayo 2-1) for the tournament. Joaquin Caparros’s men are currently ranked in the 10th spot of the table, with total points of four.

 

Real Sociedad are hungry for a second win

Real Sociedad debuted in the season with a successful pounding at Getafe 2-0 and was amiably followed by a brisk win at Lyon 2-0 in the Champions League. For their second La Liga appearance, La Real forced a thrilling draw with Elche but were later defeated in a duel against Atletico Madrid 2-1. This latter result was due in part to the club’s labors in the Champions League and their need to face back-to-back encounters just to fill up all the slots. In addition, four of Jagoba Arrasate’s players—José Ángel, Imanol Agirretxe, Mikel González, and Diego Ifrán—have been required to temporarily quit the side due to injuries.

 

Possible match outcome

Real have never been able to win over Levante in their last five (or so) encounters, with the positive result for them only ending in a draw (twice). While the former are currently ranked higher (eighth) than the latter in the overall standing, Levante will make this match an opportunity to improve their form and add new scores to their record.

 

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