La Liga Preview: Almeria set against Levante

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Updated: September 18, 2013
Joaquin

It is La Liga’s fifth week and the heat in the pitches throughout Span is still on. This September 21, two of the league’s online betting picks will blast off their first meeting this season. Levante will visit the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos to combat with the host, Almeria.

 

Levante’s Christian Lell is still sidelined, having been required to embark on a longer rest due to major ankle damage. The side’s recent performances are generally okay, but apparently still needs stronger push to make any improvements in their table ranking. Joaquin Caparros’ men had a devastating curtain raiser, after a defeat was obtained from La Liga giants, Barcelona. While the defeat was expected, the final score was distressingly painful 7-0. For their second appearance, the Granotes again failed to score a goal, but this time, they were able to force a draw with their opponents after making some improvements in their defense. They were held on a deadlock 0-0 with Sevilla. Their match against Rayo Vallecano gave them their first win 1-2 in the competition, with Garcia opening the scoring only to be leveled out by Larrivey. A late goal from Ivanschitz sealed the result. Levante scored their second draw in their campaign with their (most recent) match with Real Sociedad 0-0.

 

Almeria are yet to create a win this season. While they have always scored goals in all of their most recent matches, the side failed to obtain substantial innings to dominate the battles. Francisco Rodríguez’s team opened their campaign with a narrow defeat from Villarreal 2-3. It was a very thrilling fight, in fairness to both sides, but it nevertheless served as a disappointment for the losing team as they have not fully maximized their home advantage. For their second and third stints, Almeria underlined back-to-back draws after Getafe and Elche both were able to throw equalizers to their opponents’ goals. Their match with Atletico Madrid saw the side losing their tourney 4-2 for the second time, after Rodri and Vidal failed to surpass the goals netted by Villa, Costa, Tiago, and Garcia.

 

Football betting tip: Current league rankings place Levante as number nine and Almeria at number 18, which is a critical zone for relegation. The sides’ last two encounters were tight battles, but ultimately finished in favor of the first-mentioned team. For this round, the same outcome may have to be expected. Levante will be able to obtain their second win in the tournament while Almeria will have to settle for another downfall.

 

Levante coach Joaquin Caparros | Image source: zimbio.com