Levante vs Espanyol Preview

 

Levante vs Espanyol

Competition – Copa del Rey

Stadium – Ciudad de Valencia

Date: 11th January 2018

Kick-off time – 18:30 GMT

These two teams are languishing outside the top ten of the La Liga table and are closer to the relegation zone than the top four.

This game offers them a welcome distraction from their league struggles however by the end of this encounter one team will be back facing their league campaign while the other will be heading into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

Levante enter this game as favourites thanks to their 2-1 away win in the first leg.

Their second half performance means Espanyol will be forced to do what they have been reluctant to do all season: attack.

Levante could look to rotate in this game as they keep one eye on La Liga survival.

They are currently 16th in the league table with just 3 points separating them from the drop zone.

They have drawn 50% of their league games this season.

Espanyol have enjoyed a mini-upturn in their league results recently as they come into this game following back-to-back league wins over Atletico Madrid and Malaga.

They now face a busy run of 3 games in the next seven days which could likely see Quique Flores rotate his team for this match.

The Catalans do not have one of the biggest clubs and Pablo Piatti who was rested in the Malaga game could be looked upon to provide freshness to their attack here.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Levante

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Levante 0-0 Leganes 19 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Sevilla FC 0-0 Levante 15 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Levante 1-2 Athletic Bilbao 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Málaga 0-0 Levante 1 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Levante 1-1 Girona 28 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Espanyol 1-0 Atletico Madrid 22 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Las Palmas 2-2 Espanyol 17 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Espanyol 0-1 Girona 11 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Eibar 3-1 Espanyol 3 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 3-2 Tenerife 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Espanyol 1-2 Levante 4 Jan, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
Espanyol 0-0 Levante 13 Oct, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Levante 2-1 Espanyol 15 Apr, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 2-1 Levante 15 Dec, 2015 Spanish Copa del Rey
Espanyol 1-1 Levante 7 Dec, 2015 Spanish Primera División

 

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