Granada vs Levante predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two relegation rivals clash.
|Sunday 17th April 2022
|14:00 (local time)
Granada vs Levante Preview
Sunday’s action in LaLiga starts at Los Carmenes with what is another huge game at the bottom of the table. It’s 16th against 19th and victory would be a massive boost for either side. For the visitors, defeat may feel like a terminal blow with Levante 7 points from safety heading into this weekend.
The jury is still out to some extent on Granada interim boss Rubén Torrecilla. After the predictable sacking of Robert Moreno, he is the man the Andalusian club decided to place their faith in to oversee a key period in the season with 4 of his first 5 games against direct relegation rivals. This is the final game of that sequence and a return of 4 points from 4 games so far has stopped the rot, but is still perhaps slightly short of what was required.
Granada do have on paper a decent run-in which may just be decisive. This is clearly a good opportunity to record a victory but they still have to play Celta, Athletic and Espanyol at home and they may just fancy their chances in those games with at least two of those clubs having nothing to play for.
Victory here would very much leave them looking good for safety but they aren’t helped by something of an injury crisis with young centre-back Raúl Torrente the latest man down with a serious ligament injury which will see him out until well into next season. They are also missing key forward Luis Suarez to suspension here, while a number of others are injured.
Levante have selection issues of their own with the likes of Roger Marti, Jorge De Frutos and Jose Campana out here. They can at least count on the services of Jose Luis Morales who has hit form again with 4 goals in his last 5 outings including a brace in the recent win over Villarreal. Morales is a player capable of producing moments of magic and will have a leadership role to play in the battle ahead with other senior figures out, but he won’t be able to do this all on his own.
The Valencia side will be wondering how they didn’t get something from their home game against Barcelona last weekend. They were awarded three penalties and didn’t give up that many clear opportunities but still lost the game 3-2. With some tough games to come, they really need to produce a performance here and nothing short of three points will really do given the deficit they have to make up on the sides above them.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Granada Wins, 1 Levante Win, 3 Draws.
- Granada won 3-0 in Valencia earlier this term in the reverse clash.
- Levante have won on 3 of their last 5 trips to Granada though.
- Granada’s only win during that period was by a 5-1 margin in 2016.
|Lozano, Neva, Rochina, Torrente
|Arias, Soro, Gonalons, Raba
|Caceres, Marti, Mustafi, De Frutos
Granada vs Levante Predictions
Score Prediction: Granada 2-2 Levante
Both of these sides look fragile defensively with all of Granada’s last 3 games having seen both teams score 2+ goals. It has certainly been a good watch so far under Torrecilla but he will be judged on results and ultimately survival rather than entertainment. This could be another one which produces plenty of chances with Levante really needing to target maximum points and we could see a relatively high-scoring game.
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