9/13/20 3 pm
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Valencia is welcoming Levante to Mestalla in round 1 in Spanish LaLiga.
Valencia was on the Champions League spot for a while last season, but they weren’t able to get back in good form after the restart, and they dropped to 9th place, where they finished the season. Valencia will not be playing in the Champions League or the Europa League this season. With only 46 scored goals last season, Valencia is far from the best offensive teams, while their 53 conceded goals are not good. Valencia has played 4 games in the preseason, and they have won 3 of those, while 1 game ended in a draw. Valencia has scored 6 goals in those 4 games and conceded only 2 goals. There has been a lot of movement in Valencia during the transfer window, and they have sold some of their best players, although I don’t understand why. Rodrigo left for Leeds for 30 million, Torres left for Manchester City, while Coquelin and Parejo left for Villarreal. Piccini lent to Atalanta, and Garay’s contract has expired. All of these players were in the starting lineup for Valencia last season, and I really don’t understand what they are trying to accomplish in Valencia. There aren’t any notable signings in Valencia as of right now. Diakhaby is the only injured player in Valencia. There are a few talented players left in Valencia, but their depth has reduced a lot, and with that, their quality has dropped to a dangerously low level. Valencia is also starting this new season with a new coach, Javi Garcia, the coach who was leading Watford for the last 2 season and got them relegated. I’m disappointed in Valencia, and I don’t expect a big result from them this season.
Levante is on a 7-game streak without a loss, dating back to the end of the last season. Levante ended last season far away from the relegation zone, in 12th place with 49 points, 47 scored goals, and 53 conceded goals. It was a good season for Levante where they were playing without pressure because they have secured their LaLiga status. Levante was successful in the preseason with 4 wins and 1 draw, 7 scored goals, and only 4 conceded goals. Doukoure and Marti are both injured, and they will miss Levante’s first game of the season. Levante hasn’t made a lot of changes in their roster, and the only notable departure is Simon who left for Nantes, while the only signings are Jorge de Furots and Gomez from Real Madrid. Levante is one of the few teams that haven’t changed their head coach, and there was no need to do so because Levante had a good season, and they are happy with Paco Lopez’s work. I believe we can expect another decent season from Levante where they will be far from the relegation zone.
When playing at home, Valencia has not lost to Levante in their last 13 games, and the trends are on Valencia’s side in this matchup. Valencia has done well in the preseason, but they have sold some of their best players, and I think this will have a huge impact on their season. Levante is a good team, and I can’t just write them off in this game. This one smells like a draw.