Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Struggling Levante are now only the third club to go winless across the opening 17 games (D8, L9) of a La Liga (LL) campaign, so regardless of whatever way this ‘Derbi Valenciano’ against Valencia goes, they are destined to spend Christmas at the bottom of the table. A victory would at least end Levante’s run of 25 LL matches without a win (25) – the division’s worst-ever streak – and land them consecutive LL H2H wins for the first time since November 2014, after they pulled off a 1-0 victory here last season.
To their credit Levante have been stubborn at home, drawing six of their eight LL games on their own turf this season (D6, L2), despite failing to score in five. That’s mainly thanks to claiming three LL home clean sheets, more than nine other sides have managed ahead of this round.
Last Christmas Valencia sat just one point above the relegation zone, but this year they’re doing something far more special – staying in the hunt for the European places as they look to break a two-year exile from continental action. A six-game unbeaten LL run (W3, D3) has certainly brought some early festive cheer, and after winning their last two by a 2-1 scoreline, Valencia are on the cusp of winning three consecutive LL games for the first time since May 2019!
The third win back then came on the road, and even if the visitors concede first it may not be game over as ahead of this round no side has won more points than Valencia after conceding the opener (W2, D4, L2). That includes seven of their nine away points this LL campaign.
Players to watch: Jorge de Frutos has contributed to four of Levante’s last five LL goals (G2, A2), while Valencia will hope Gonçalo Guedes gets on the scoresheet as three of his last four LL strikes have come in wins..
- Levante’s form in last 5 matches: DLDWL.
- Valencia’s form in last 5 matches: DWWWD .
PREDICTION: Draw/Away and Over 1.5