Preview - Levante vs Las Palmas 08 April 2018

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Match Day 31
Levante vs Las Palmas
Sunday, April 8th, 2018
19:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Ciutat de València

Last five matches form: L D W W D
Average goals per match: 0.87
Average goals against per match: 1.47
Top Scorer: José Luis Morales (6)

Las Palmas:
Last five matches form: D L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.70
Average goals against per match: 2.03
Top Scorer: Jonathan Calleri (7)

This week's big relegation battle in La Liga comes in Valencia as fourth bottom Levante play host to second bottom Las Palmas. A win for the home side here would create a substantial cushion between themselves and the bottom three of Deportivo La Coruna, Las Palmas and Malaga. If any of that trio are to have any hope of avoiding the trapdoor then Las Palmas really need to be winning here.

One major factor in the visitor's favour is the home sides lengthy injury list which has now become borderline ridiculous. Levante will be without no fewer than 10 players ahead of this clash.

Not that it seems to matter who plays at the back for Las Palmas - as they concede goals at an alarming rate regardless - but it is nevertheless a negative that the first choice centre back pairing of Pedro Bigas and Ximo Navarro miss out through injury and suspension respectively.

It's difficult to know what to make of this one with so many injuries affecting these already poor sides. Overall though Levante aren't quite as bad as Las Palmas, arrive here in the better form of the two sides and should have enough even in the ranks of their reserves to overcome a side who concede at will and have scored only seven goals away from home all season.

Prediction: Levante 1 - 0 Las Palmas


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 11 - 17
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 41% - 59%

This one was billed as a relegation battle beforehand, and certainly lived up to that description, especially the battle part.

A busy ninety minutes for referee David Fernadez. Las Palmas had Javi Castellano, Matias Aquiregaray and Alejandro Galvez booked. Levante meanwhile just about lost the plot completely. Jose Luis Morales, Jefferson Lerma, Rober Suarez and Jose Campana all saw yellow, Coke was sent off for two bookable offences and Ruben Rochina was shown the straight red.

They may have ended this game with only nine men, but Levante did come away with what could prove a vital three points. Las Palmas are now surely doomed.

In a match played at fever pitch almost from the opening whistle it was Levante who took the lead in the 35th minute. Jose Luis Morales getting his head down and ploughing into the box at a million miles an hour, his cross was cut out by Alejandro Galves, but only into the path of Coke who found the net.

Levante held their lead into half-time, but it didn't last for too long in the second half. When a corner was played short to Matias Aguirregaray, his cross was nodded back into the path of David Garcia who volleyed low and into the bottom corner.

The winner didn't arrive until the 91st minute, by which stage Levante where down to ten men, but it was worth waiting for. Jose Luis Morales playing in Jose Campana on the left hand corner of the 18 yard box. Campana producing a sublime finish into the far corner. Keeper no chance. Cue pandemonium in the stands.

Still time for Ruben Rochina to be sent off for violent conduct but Levante held on for the win.

The home side now move eight points clear of the drop zone. Las Palmas meanwhile are ten away from safety with just seven games remaining.

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