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On January 18, Ciutat de Valencia (Valencia) will host the 1/8 final match of the Copa del Rey, in which Levante will compete with Atlético Madrid. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The club had been staying in the La Liga for a long time – even if this meant that it always had to fight for survival. After having a series of successes, still, “Los Azulgranas” came to the finish penultimate in the previous season. Appearing in the Segunda, there can be only one task for such teams – to come back to the elite division as soon as possible, preferably in 2023. To tell the truth, the start was less than mediocre. Nowadays, the wards of Javier Calleja have gained good shape. They have been unbeaten since the middle of October. On the other hand, “the Frogs” are only in the 3rd place so far – an abundance of draws interferes to reach the desirable result; even after a 3-1 victory in the match with Granada, the team is only in the play-off zone. Thus, a lot of energy has to be spent. On the other hand, after having defeated Andorra in the previous round of the higher mentioned tournament, Levante overcame Getafe, which plays in the La Liga.
The team plays again at a pretty mediocre level, which does not match with its common tasks. In this context, it is noteworthy to mention that a lot was written about this season in the winter – it would be the last year for Diego Simeone in Madrid. The idea was officially and tacitly refuted by both the Argentine specialist and the representatives of “the Mattress Makers”. But the lasting troubles with the game are more than obvious. In the autumn, the grandee finished its performance in the Champions League group only in the 4th place. It seems that this fact allowed all efforts to be concentrated on the inner arena. Instead, “the Cholo Team” continues to “limp”. It was unable to win the battle against the division’s newcomer, Almeria. As a result, the team has got only 28 points – there have never been so few points in a dozen years with the Argentine coach! On the other hand, taking into account the higher mentioned conditions, the Copa del Rey becomes the only chance to win a trophy.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Levante has not lost to Atlético Madrid four times in a row. Even in the previous season it took 4 point, which, however, did not help to stay in the Primera.
Bookmakers consider “the Mattress Makers” to be the favourite of the match. Nevertheless, after paying attention to the crisis of the grandee from the capital, it is worth betting on Levante with “a +1 goal handicap” (odd: 1.64).
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