La Liga Preview: Levante UD vs. Villarreal CF

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Updated: August 18, 2014
Villarreal CF

Match Date: 24 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: El Madrigal

 

Both Villarreal and Levante have successfully impressed last season. The two were able to deliver beyond expectations.

 

Levante climbed a notch higher from their 2012/2013 rank where they finished on the 11th spot. Last season, the squad penetrated the top 10. Filled with hopes of an even stronger, Levante is keen on making a strong statement during the season’s opening.

 

But La Liga’s Yellow Submarine (Villarreal) refuses to throw the white towel easily. It made a grand comeback in the top-flight league when it finished as the 6th best squad whilst also qualifying for the Europa League.

 

The contenders

Levante UD

Levante’s defence will be put to the test now that Keylor Navas has exited the squad. The Costa Rican international, who featured during the recently concluded World Cup caught the Madridistas’ attention and a transfer offer was immediately sealed.

 

Although it is true that Navas is not the sole member of Levante, it cannot be denied that his absence leaves a huge void that the squad needs to fill in.

 

Villarreal CF

Villarreal never really appreciated its short stint in the Segunda Division during the 2012/2013 season. As mentioned, the squad made a grand comeback via finishing on the 6th spot.

 

The Yellow Submarines’ strong finish last season can be seen as a doubled-edged sword. It helped them stayed in the top-flight league, but it increased the pressure of facilitating yet spectacular performance.

 

Possible head turners

Giovanni dos Santos and Ikechukwu Uche are expected to do the scoring for Villarreal. The two have been clinical and prolific last season and obviously, many are hoping a better performance from them.

 

What the odds say

Villarreal definitely takes the upper-hand in this particular match. This is despite not having the home court advantage that Levante has. In sports betting sites  such as 12BET, Villarreal is valued to win at profitable odds of 2.21.

 

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