Levante vs Getafe predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as both sides begin life under new management.
|Saturday 16th October 2021
|18:30 (local time)
|Ciutat de Valencia
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There’s a massive game to restart the action in LaLiga following the international break. Levante and Getafe became the first and second clubs to fire coaches this season after the last round of fixtures. They are the Spanish top flight’s only remaining winless teams and victory here would be huge for either as they begin life under new management.
Levante replaced Paco Lopez following a 1-0 defeat against Mallorca in their last fixture. It was a sad ending to what has largely been a very successful and colourful chapter in the club’s history. Their latest defeat made it 16 games without a win in LaLiga and while they’ve been unfortunate in a few games this season, those numbers make very bleak reading and suggest they could be in for a long season.
The man who will try to get Levante back on track is Javier Pereira. The 55 year old was Levante’s assistant between 2011 and 2013 and briefly coached Alavés when they were in the third tier a decade ago but his most notable managerial role to date has been in China with Henan Jianye who he left to take up the role in Valencia. It’s something of a surprise appointment but Lopez was also relatively unknown when he took the job and went on to establish the Granotas in the top flight and Levante clearly aren’t a club afraid to make unexpected calls.
Getafe meanwhile have gone in the opposite direction by appointing a bigger name and familiar figure in the shape of Quique Sánchez Flores. He has twice managed Getafe before and knows LaLiga well and should be well rested having not had a job since his 2019 departure from Watford.
This though is a really tough assignment for Sanchez Flores. Getafe only picked up their first point of the season in their most recent game, drawing 1-1 against an under-strength Real Sociedad. That marked the end for Michel who also returned to a role he had previously held in the summer. Like his opposite number, an early win could make all the difference in changing the atmosphere in the dressing room and restoring belief into these players.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Levante Wins, 2 Getafe Wins, 1 Draw.
- Getafe have failed to score on their last 3 visits to this ground.
- They lost 3-0 here last season and were reduced to 9 men.
- However Getafe did win the reverse fixture 2-1 despite also having a man sent off.
Levante are still struggling with some injury issues in midfield with the likes of Jose Campana, Mickael Malsa, Nikola Vukcevic and Enis Bardhi all still carrying knocks and doubtful here.
Jakub Jankto is out for the visitors who also have a doubt over Vitolo.
Predicted Levante Starting Lineup:
Fernandez – Clerc, Mustafi, Vezo, Miramon – Morales, Melero, Radoja, De Frutos – Gomez, Roger (4-4-2)
Predicted Getafe Starting Lineup:
Soria – Olivera, Cuenca, Djene, Iglesias – Arambarri, Florentino, Maksimovic – Mata, Sandro, Alena (4-3-3)
Levante vs Getafe Predictions
Score Prediction: Levante 1-0 Getafe
It’ll be interesting to see how both teams set up following coaching changes. History isn’t on either team’s side with most recent Spanish top flight teams that failed to win any of their opening 8 league games, going on to be relegated. However, of the two, it’s Levante who have more attacking quality and genuine goal threats in their team and you fancy they may just edge this with home advantage to end their long wait for a win.