On their return to La Liga, Levante couldn’t have chosen a better start to the season than facing one of their rivals, Villareal.
Between these two teams who are based near Valencia, their only similarity is really their geographic proximity, since they are fighting to achieve completely different objectives.
With a pre-season without any big results (and a 1-3 loss against this Villareal), Levante tried to increase their pace for the upcoming challenge.
However, nothing can prepare a lower tier team to return to one of the toughest leagues in Europe better than playing in it.
Because of that, starting against a rival team can increase their motivation for this match, despite being a team that should spend their season fighting to stay up.
Villarreal has higher ambitions, hoping to be able to return to the fight for the Champions League’s spots.
Their toughest challenges in the pre-season, against Boca Juniors, Inter Milan and Málaga all ended in a loss though.
Their investment on youth talent points this team towards the future, and Fran Escribá should feel some difficulties on this early stage of the season, especially since he has 5 players injured and 2 suspended.
Levante vs Villarreal Pick:
Still, the Yellow Submarine will have to take control of this match, where they go in as favourites.
They will lack some of their key players offensively but they will have enough ability and a superior pace when compared to Levante, who will probably take some time to adapt on this return to the top tier.
Levante is one of the teams that will struggle upon the great competitiveness of the Spanish league, so they should spend most of the season on the lower half of the league table.
On this first matchday, with several interesting matches, this might not be the most interesting one or the one with more goals.
But it is a match where we can find value bets.
|Villarreal AH -0.5|