Levante (4/7/12) host Granada (3/10/10) at Ciutat de Valencia
|Date & Time||Monday February 23, 2015, 2:45 PM (EST)|
Levante (2.20) - Draw (3.00) - Granada (3.80) / Over/Under 2.5.Odds: Over at 2.60 and Under at 1.47.
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Levante and Granada cross paths in a vital stretch of the Spanish La Liga as they both sharpen their claws for what will be a battle for everything. Both teams anchored in the relegation battle will try to leave the CIutat de Valencia stadium with all three points on hopes of salvation and possibly condemning their counterparts to the Second tier of Spanish Football.
David Barral made the bold statement this weekend saying that Levante’s future in La Liga BBVA lies in their results in the next three games. Considering their unexpected 4-1 thrashing of European contenders Malaga, I would say that their decisive stretch of games started on the right path. Barral, who also stamped his name to a hat-trick in that encounter, seems to be Levante´s main source of attack. Levante has only scored 17 goals all season, not to mention that 4 of them came last weekend. This just shows you how poor their performance has been all year long. However, on the other side awaits them a Granada team that hasn’t been extremely positive themselves.
Granada have only won once away from Los Carmenes, although they have managed to tie 6 of their away matches. Nevertheless, their immense amount of absentees in this Monday’s clash could prove essential in their aspirations for salvation of relegation. Even though they do have a rather large list of absentees, the presence of El Arabi or even Nyom in defence has made some of the Granada players quite hopeful as Robert mentioned that he believed they had a stronger side in comparison with their rivals.
Personally, I can’t find much that divides these two sides. Furthermore, these relegation battles usually make these bottom tier teams dig really deep in order to get a result. It is not often that these games end in a draw just by pure exhaustion and exertion over the 90 minutes. For this reason I believe that betting on a full time result in these games is usually risky. My pick for this Monday La Liga match up will be Both Teams to Score at odds 2.20. Although their attacks have been deplorable we must not forget that these teams have conceded 79 goals together. Considering David Barral’s recent form and Granadas hopes of at least taking something from what should be an inferior side might let us see and more open ended match.