La Liga Match Preview: Levante vs. Athletic Bilbao

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Updated: April 1, 2014
Levante and Athletic Bilbao

Match Date: 07 April 2014 (local time)

Venue: Ciudad de Valencia

 

Athletic Bilbao’s head honcho, Ernesto Valverde is hoping for a strong response from his club after the disappointing loss to title contenders, Atletico Madrid. Valverde, despite the disparities in rank and points, sees Levante as a worthy opponent in their upcoming match.

 

There is no doubt that the Los Leones are one of the strongest forces in the pitch. The club has already ensured its qualification in the Champions League next season and was undefeated in their last 5 matches, not until they encountered Atletico. The daunting Lions forgot to roar and instead,  purred like cats. This is most especially true when the striker, Diego Costa started in his scoring spree. But despite the defeat, Valverde was humble enough to recognize its opponent’s strength.

 

Athletic Bilbao is 16 points ahead of Levante. The former has 56, while the latter only has 40. However, this does not guarantee the victory of Valverde’s side.

 

Levante is far from being a mere push-over in the league. As a matter of fact, it is one of the La Liga’s top 10. Unlike Athletic Bilbao, the result of Levante’s previous match was a success. And somehow, this has renewed its confidence and they can use this to gain advantage.

 

Valverde is aware of what Levante can do and this greatly troubles not only him, but the whole club. The absence of its skipper, Carlos Gurpegui is a big blast to the club—which is why he expects other members to step up and feature in the upcoming match. Although a loss has little effect on their current rank, Valverde’s ambition of having a strong finish pushes the club to refuse to settle for a mediocre performance.

 

Prediction: Athletic Bilbao

It does not take rocket science to see that Athletic Bilbao is the match’s top favorite. In the sports betting site, 12BET, the club is valued to win at 1.55 with an Asian handicap of 0.5.

 

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