Levante vs Elche predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the hosts aim for only their second win of the season.
- DATE: Saturday 21st November 2020
- KICK-OFF: 14:00 (local time)
- VENUE: Ciutat de Valencia
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Levante vs Elche Preview
The Saturday action in LaLiga starts with a significant game in the bottom half of the table. Levante have only won once so far this season and will be desperate to put maximum points on the board at home to pre-season relegation favourites Elche.
Levante played a home game in their own stadium for the first time in eight months just prior to the international break. However it wasn’t a joyous return to the Ciutat de Valencia as Paco Lopez’s side were left frustrated by Alaves who left with a point. That was Levante’s third straight 1-1 draw in LaLiga following similar results against Celta Vigo and Granada.
With fellow strugglers Real Valladolid to come next, this is on paper a decent run of fixtures for Levante and the alarm bells will really start to ring if they end it without having picked up a victory. While they are a team that does often turn up for the big games, they do start delivering the goods against the lesser teams otherwise it could be a really long season for the Valencia club.
Elche have defied all expectations so far to sit in mid-table after 7 games, 2 fewer than some of their rivals have played. While they’ve ridden their luck at times, the new boys have gelled much quicker than could have been expected following a fairly large turnover of players and the addition of a new coach in the summer.
They drew 1-1 at home to Celta Vigo last time out and have taken 6 points from their 3 away games so far, which ought to breed confidence in their camp heading into this game.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Levante Wins, 1 Elche Win, 2 Draws.
- The sides last met in the 2016/17 Segunda Division with Levante winning both meetings.
- The most recent top flight clashes came in LaLiga 2014/15.
- There was only one goal that season between these clubs, scored by Elche at the Martinez Valero.
Enis Bardhi has a hernia injury which will rule him out until next month. Roger Marti remains a doubt having recently tested positive for COVID.
Juan Sanchez Mino is an injury doubt for Elche while Emiliano Rigoni is their only definite absentee.
Predicted Levante Starting Lineup:
Fernandez – Clerc, Duarte, Vezo, Son – Melero, Malsa, Campana, Rochina – Morales, Gomez (4-4-2)
Predicted Elche Starting Lineup:
Badia – Josema, Verdu, Barragan – Mino, Marcone, Mfulu, Josan – Milla, Boye, Morente (3-4-3)
Levante vs Elche Predictions
Score Prediction: Levante 2-1 Elche
Levante have rarely been at their best this season but overall, they have more quality in the middle of the park than Elche and the hosts should be able to dictate the pace of this game and play it on their own terms. Elche’s bubble burst to some extent in their most recent away fixture, a 3-1 defeat at Betis, and they look like they may slip to another loss here.
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