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Villarreal vs Levante Prediction & Match Preview

Villarreal vs Levante
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Kick-off at 13:00 UK/ 14:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villareal).

The home side come into this on the back of their first defeat since September which ended an unbeaten run of 17 matches in all competitions.

Despite this impressive run, it is reminiscent of Unai Emery’s Arsenal in his first season - it is almost identical. Some fortunate wins and too many draws.

This is shown that, despite that unbeaten run, they have now won just one game in seven Liga games.

They play a Levante side who have switched from fairly conservative at the start to very fun now. They began the season scoring just five goals in their opening four games.

Since then, they have now scored in all but one of their 10 games - that won game against Barcelona in which they played extremely well. A 4-3 win over Betis just after Christmas now means they have lost just one of their 10 games; a run that includes impressive victories over Getafe and Real Sociedad, as well as Betis.

Both teams to score looks a likely bet for this one as Villarreal have the general quality to score whilst Levante actually try to score.

Villarreal vs Levante Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Villarreal Levante played so far 29 matches.
Villarreal won 18 direct matches. Levante won 7 matches. 4 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.52 goals per Match.

Villarreal vs Levante Prediction

Villarreal in actual season average scored 1.82 goals per match. In 13 (92.86%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (57.14%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Levante average scored 1.55 goals per match in season 2021. In 9 (81.82%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (45.45%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Villarreal's injury problems are not particularly easing at the moment, with Vicente Iborra, Francis Coquelin, Paco Alcacer, Alberto Moreno and Mario Gaspar all currently on the sidelines.

Carlos Bacca did feature as a substitute against Sevilla last time out, though, and the Colombia international could now be in contention to earn a starting role in this match.

Emery is expected to make changes from the defeat at Estadio Ramon, with Pervis Estupinan likely to feature at left-back, while Samuel Chukwueze is also battling for a spot in the final third.

As for Levante, Nikola Vukcevic, Enis Bardhi, Sergio Postigo and Jose Campana are again expected to miss out through injury, while Ruben Vezo is still unavailable following a positive coronavirus test.

The visitors will also be without the services of Rober following his red card against Betis, meaning that Carlos Clerc could start in the middle of the defence with Coke coming in at left-back.

There are not expected to be any changes further forward, though, with Jose Luis Morales, Dani Gomez and Roger Marti all likely to retain their positions in the side.

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Asenjo; Pena, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Trigueros, Parejo, M Gomez; Pedraza, Bacca, G Moreno

Levante possible starting lineup:
Aitor; Miramon, Duarte, Clerc, Coke; De Frutos, Malsa, Radoja, Morales; D Gomez, Marti